James City County inmates charged in escape plot

Posted at 2:38 PM, Sep 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-08 20:57:24-04

James City County, Va. – Police foiled two inmates’ plan to escape from Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail on September 4.

The inmates, Kendell Serrette and Raekwon Lamont Jones, assaulted a correctional officer and then tried to get away.

On August 29 around midnight, Serrette made a shank from a toothbrush and attacked a 45-year-old correctional officer during a security check.

He grabbed the officer and held the shank to his throat, demanding his keys.

The officer was able to defend himself until other correctional officers came to help him.

The officer had minor injuries to his arms from the shank during the assault.

Investigators found that Jones was the one who came up with the plan and provided equipment to aid in their escape.

Officers found a hand-written map of the jail to plot their escape route.

Serrette, 43 and Jones, 18 are now charged with malicious wounding, attempted escape, assaulting a correctional officer and conspiracy to assault a correctional officer.