UPDATE: Police find ID bracelet, hospital gown of Hamilton County Jail escapee

UPDATE: Police find ID bracelet, hospital gown of Hamilton County Jail escapee

Anthony Labron Bell added to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Top 10 Most Wanted list

July 7th, 2019 by Staff Report in Breaking News

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Austin Garrett holds up a photo and asks the public for any information on the whereabouts of escaped convict Anthony Labron Bell, 29. Bell escaped while being treated in Erlanger hospital's Emergency Department early Sunday. Standing, from left are, Lt. Chris Harvey, Sgt. Mike Cox, Garrett, Deputy Chief Mark King and Sgt. Mickey Rountree.

Photo by Tim Barber /Times Free Press.

Editor's Note: This article was updated at 8:12 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, 2019.

Police reported Sunday evening locating the discarded ID bracelet and hospital gown of an inmate who remains at large after escaping around 6:30 a.m. Sunday while undergoing treatment at Erlanger hospital.

Anthony Labron Bell

Anthony Labron Bell

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

The inmate, 29-year-old Anthony Labron Bell, was arrested in May and is accused of robbing the Papa John's restaurant located at 5942 Highway 58 on May 2, Hamilton County court records show. 

According to a news release, Chattanooga police responded around 2 p.m. Sunday to Professional Industrial Tire on the 1500 block of Riverside Drive to a report of a commercial burglary.

CPD officers determined that the business had been burglarized and found the hospital gown and identification bracelet that had been worn by Bell.

"Even though his handcuffs were not located, law enforcement personnel believe that Bell may have been able to find the tools necessary to either remove them or at least cut the chain," reads the Sunday evening news release. "Due to the availability of various types of work clothes located in the business, we are not able to give an accurate description of what Bell is wearing at this time."

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Austin Garrett stated, "The HCSO and our local, state, and federal partners continue to diligently search for Anthony Bell with all available resources necessary to bring him into custody.

"We are methodically working to validate the information and tips we have received before we disseminate them to our local community and our media partners."

Earlier Sunday afternoon, Bell was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Top 10 Most Wanted list in hopes of spreading the word of his escape statewide.

Bell was brought to Erlanger on Friday for medical treatment, but the reason for his medical visit was not released.

"HCSO Criminal Investigations Division personnel are currently investigating how Bell managed to escape. An Internal Affairs Investigation has also begun to investigate if proper policies and procedures were followed," reads a Sunday afternoon news release from the sheriff's office.

Bell is a black man, approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 160 pounds, law enforcement officials said. At the time of his escape, Bell was reportedly wearing handcuffs, no shoes, and the green hospital gown.

Bell's charges include six counts of aggravated robbery, aggravated child abuse or neglect, unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon, aggravated burglary, bribery of a public servant, felon in possession of a firearm, simple possession of marijuana, and a county of statutory rape, which has a pending hold order from Lowndes County, Georgia.

Anyone with information on the inmate's whereabouts is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at 423-622-0022.


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