LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Gregg County authorities have announced their jail was locked down. That's because two inmates, 27-year-old Desmond Jackson and 22-year-old Bruce Kelly, both accused of murder, are missing. Jackson was convicted last week of capital murder, and Kelly is awaiting trial; also for capital murder.
Authorities say one minute Desmond Jackson and Bruce Kelly were there, but then...they were gone.
"Two inmates were discovered missing from incarceration within a maximum separation cell," said Mike Claxton, with the Gregg County sheriff's department.
Authorities have told us the two inmates were housed in the south jail facility but somehow they escaped. They ditched their uniforms in a nearby dumpster and fled.
"These two men are both violent criminals," said Claxton. "They have a very violent record. Jackson was recently convicted and sentence to life in prison and Bruce Kelly has three indicted cases of very serious felony offenses including capital murder.
Authorities won't say how the men managed to escape the jail but they're determined to find out.
"We believe that these inmates left together and we believe that they left sometime this morning or late last night," said Claxton.
"We're taking it very seriously and we're going to use every resource available both from the local, state, and federal government to locate these individuals and take them back into custody," said Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano.
For Dewayne Jackson, this isn't his first run-in with the law. Jackson was found guilty in the Cash America pawn robbery that left one man dead.
Police say Jackson is also the man in a surveillance video who robbed a Kroger store in Marshall in January of 2008. It took authorities weeks to capture him and now authorities say he's on the run again but hopefully not for good.