Manhunt continues for Tennessee inmates who escaped prison, kidnapped man

A manhunt for two Tennessee inmates who escaped from prison, kidnapped a Kentucky highway department employee and stole at least two vehicles continued Sunday morning.

Robert Brown and Christopher Osteen escaped Friday morning from the Northwest Correctional Complex in Lake County, Tennessee, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Friday.

Brown, 36, is serving an 18-year sentence for aggravated rape and Osteen, 34, is serving an eight-year sentence for burglary, authorities said. The escaped inmates should both be considered armed and dangerous, the state police agency said.

Christopher Osteen, left, and Robert Brown escaped from prison in Tennessee on Dec. 11, 2020.
Christopher Osteen, left, and Robert Brown escaped from prison in Tennessee on Dec. 11, 2020.Tennessee Bureau of Investigation via AP

After their escape from the minimum security prison on Friday, an employee of the highway department in Fulton County, Kentucky, was kidnapped from a boat ramp on the Mississippi River at approximately 9:15 a.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET), the sheriff’s office in Henry County, Tennessee reported on its Facebook page.

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