Knox jail inmate escapes for three hours

Phillip Doane

An inmate who escaped from the Knox County jail facility on Maloneyville Road only managed to stay free for about three hours Sunday afternoon before he was returned to his cell.

Phillip Doane, 29, of Knoxville, somehow slipped away from the facility in East Knox County just before 4 p.m., according to a spokesperson for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. 

Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler soon announced the escape on media outlets and asked for the public’s help in recapturing Doane, who was being held on charges of aggravated domestic assault and violating the terms of his probation. 

Doane was recaptured around 7 p.m. with the help of the Knoxville Police Department, the KCSO spokesperson said. 

Officials didn’t explain how Doane managed to escape, or how and where he was caught. 

Doane has an extensive criminal history in Knox County, court records show. Since 2013, he’s faced no fewer than  22 criminal charges ranging from public intoxication and disorderly conduct to burglary and aggravated assault. 

He was arrested early this month for allegedly beating his girlfriend in the parking lot of the Woodland Market & Deli on Woodland Avenue. He allegedly kicked her numerous times and struck her repeatedly with a metal pole, leading to a charge of aggravated domestic assault. A few days later, he was arrested again in the same parking lot after KPD officers were summoned to look into reports that he was threatening people with a stick and ended up having to chase him to the 300 block of West Oldham Avenue.

It wasn’t immediately clear if he would be facing additional charges for Sunday’s escape. 

Published on May 23, 2022.