Sevier County residents concerned about two escaped inmates

David Way (left) and Dustin Skaggs.

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) – The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office says the U.S. Marshals are assisting in the search for two inmates who escaped from the county jail annex Friday night.

Sevier County Sheriff’s deputies say the two inmates are 44-year old David Way of Cosby, Tennessee, and 18-year old Dustin Skaggs of Townsend.

Michael Scott lives in Sevierville, but served time at the same jail a few years ago.

He told WATE 6 On Your Side this recent escape seems very similar to an incident that occurred in 2011 when three inmates escaped when he was behind bars.

“It wasn’t a big surprise, it’s a minimum security jail. I’d figure they would’ve fixed it the last time somebody got out,” said Scott.

He is concerned about what happened, he feels like the sheriff’s office needs to get these inmates back in jail soon.

“You got to worry about it a little bit because you have people running around getting out of jail,” said Scott. “They’re going to look for places to hide and probably try to rob somebody to get some money, whatever they can do to stay out.”

Scott thinks deputies need to make some security changes so this won’t happen again.

“They do need to get it fixed, it could be a problem having criminals running around on the streets that escaped from jail,” he said.

Deputies haven’t released any information on the reasons Way and Skaggs were arrested.

If you have any information you are asked to call the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office at 865-453-4668.

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