Inmate tried to hide hacksaw in bible

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP)-- Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes says an inmate's bid to escape the county jail on Saturday was foiled by a correctional officer.

He said 19-year-old Gregory Antonio Patterson used a hidden hacksaw to cut through a cell bar.

He said an observant correctional officer saw the damaged and searched Patterson's cell.

Hughes said deputies found the hacksaw in the back cover of a bible.

Patterson, who awaits trial for two armed robberies, now faces an escape charge.

Investigators are trying to learn who smuggled the hacksaw into the jail.