Two inmates at the Greer County Jail managed to get out of their cells and attacked a jailer — all over a simple request for water.
“When I arrived, I found my jailer was in a cell locked up with an inmate,” Undersheriff Jackie Jenkins said. “I asked, ‘What happened?’ He said that he was giving them a jug of water and opened the door to hand them water.”
That’s when inmate Nick Ritter attacked the jailer. Ritter even employed his cellmate to help.
“He fought back, but Mr. Ritter got him by a chokehold,” Jenkins said. “He instructed the inmate that was in with Mr. Ritter to let the inmate Aaron Padrone out.”
Once Padrone was out, Jenkins said, Ritter and Padrone continued to attack.
“The jailer did have several knots on his head,” Jenkins said.
Ritter then locked his cellmate and the jailer in a cell.
“He threatened to kill that jailer,” an inmate said. “That’s the only reason I did what I did.”
Officials believe the inmate might have been an accomplice.
Police said the two escapees took off and stole a car. They were later arrested near Tom Steade Lake after a short pursuit.
Ritter and Padrone now face several more charges.
WEBVTT MECCA: TAKE A LOOK AROUND.THIS IS THE JAIL CELL THAT THEJAILER AND ANOTHER INMATE WERELOCKED IN AND I’M TOLD THEY TORETHE CAMERAS OUT BEFORE GETTINGAWAY.THESE ARE TWO FACES OF THE MENWHO MANAGED TO GET OUT THISJAIL.AND IT ALL VIOLENTLY UNFOLDEDWITH A SIMPLE REQUEST FOR WATER.>> HE SAID THAT HE WAS GIVINGTHEM A JUG OF WATER, AND OPENEDTHE DOOR TO HAND THEM WATER.MECCA: THAT’S WHEN THEUNDERSHERIFF SAYS NICK RITTERATTACKED HIM.>> HE FOUGHT BACK, BUT MR.RITTER GOT HIM BY A CHOKE HOLD.MECCA: AND EVEN EMPLOYED HISCELLMATE TO HELP.>> INSTRUCTED THE INMATE THATWAS IN WITH MR. RITTER TO LETTHE INMATE AARON PADRONE OUT.MECCA: ONCE OUT, WE ARE TOLD THETWO, RITTER AND PADRONE,CONTINUED THE ATTACKBEFORE LOCKING UP THE JAILER ANDTHE CELL MATE.THE UNDERSHERIFF…