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Lumpkin County escapee recaptured
Inmate broke out by removing toilet
larry farmer
Larry Farmer

Escaped inmate Larry Lavaughan Farmer was recaptured late Wednesday, Lumpkin County Sheriff's Lt. Wesley Burnett confirmed.

Farmer was captured shortly before 11 p.m., Burnett said by email but was unable to immediately provide further details.

Farmer fled the Lumpkin County Detention Center at 11:35 p.m. Tuesday with another inmate, William Jeffrey Harris.

“Escape was made when the two broke through an interior cell wall, by forcefully removing a toilet from the wall, and made entry into a mechanical area of the facility,” according to an email from the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office.

They apparently broke a window in the mechanical area and climbed through the window, reaching the outside of the building.

“Once outside, the two were able to climb over two fences, one with barbed wire and the other with razor wire,” the email states.

Harris, injured by the wire atop the fences, surrendered to officers.

The sheriff's office described Farmer as 47 years old, 6-foot-1, weighing 220 pounds and having blue eyes and gray hair.

He was in the jail on the following charges: possession of a controlled substance, attempt to distribute methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine, fleeing/eluding a police officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm/knife during the commission of crime, forgery in the first degree, giving false information to an officer and several traffic offenses.

“Farmer has been known to frequent areas in Hall, Habersham and Lumpkin counties,” according to the email.

Anyone with information on Farmer’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the Lumpkin sheriff’s office at 706-864-3633.