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07/10/08 - Miller County (KSLA)

UPDATED: Only Two Miller County Escapees Now On The Run

Only two of the inmates who escaped from the Miller County Jail on Tuesday remain at large.

Twenty-four-year-old Codarrius Morris was found just before 5 pm Wednesday at an apartment complex just a few miles from the jail. Just before 6:30 pm Wednesday, 40-year-old Kenneth Riley was picked up in Ashville, AR.

This apparently isn't Riley's first jail break. Authorities say he also escaped from the Little River County jail while serving time there.

Still on the loose are: 23-year-old Benny Johnson, and 30-year-old Anthony Brown. Investigators believe one of the remaining escapees, Anthony Brown could be headed to West Texas. As for Bennie Johnson, they believe he could still be in the area. Investigators don't believe Brown and Johnson are dangerous, but they still caution residents to be on the lookout.

For the third time this year the bars that are suppose to keep the inmates inside the Miller County Correctional Facility became their main escape route to get out.

"It's past an emergency. You can plan for an emergncy," said Sheriff Linda Rambo.

Five men managed to escape by cutting through the bars from a second story window around 9:30 Tuesday night. Miller County Sheriff Linda Rambo says she has been asking for more equipment and cameras to watch the inmates. Rambo says the inmates had more than enough time to plan their escape.

"They had a hacksaw and started working around 2 o'clock in the afternoon & finished right before dark," she said.

KSLA News 12 was allowed inside the jail where inmates we spoke with said the guards pay very little attention to them during the day, and the same bars used during Tuesday nights escape were also used during another escape in April of this year. Inmates say the escapes had been plannng for weeks.

Inmates say its more difficult getting inside than getting out. That's something jail officials are working to control.

From July 9, morning
By Katrina Webber - email | bio

MILLER COUNTY, AR (KSLA) - Law enforcement officers in Miller County, AR, say they're now looking for only four escapees from the local jail.

Initial reports were that seven inmates hacked their way through the bars on a second story window, broke through glass and scaled a razor wire fence around 9:30 p. m. Tuesday.  However, by morning jailers had accounted for two of those inmates.  A third was captured around 7:30 a. m.

The list of escapees originally included Jeffrey Smith,36;  Benny Johnson, 23; Wesley Johnson,  32; Justin Lovell, 22; Kenneth Riley, 40; Anthony Brown, 30; and Codarrius Morris 24,.

Jailers later realized that Wesley Johnson, in custody for failing to register as a sex offender, had actually been transferred to the Hempstead County jail.  It was also discovered that Justin Lovell had not escaped, but was being housed in a different area of the Miller County jail.

Texarkana police told KSLA News 12 they caught up with Jeffrey Smith Wednesday morning after he walked into a local bank and tried to withdraw money.  They say someone in the bank recognized him and notified them.

According to Lt. Sue Nichols with the Miller County Sheriff's Office, all of the escapees are to be considered dangerous.  The charges against most of them include aggravated robbery.  At least one inmate, Anthony Brown, has escaped before, Nichols said.

Don Thornell, a Miller County Sheriff's detective, told KSLA News 12 he believes the escapees may have gotten a hacksaw during visitation hours on Tuesday.  They then used the tool to saw through the metal bars.  He also believes they probably had a driver waiting for them with a getaway car.

Deputies and police spent the night searching a one mile radius from the jail.  However, they called off the active search around 5:30 a. m.  Thornell said they will continue following up on leads and questioning family members.

He also said authorities as far away as Little Rock and Arlington, TX, have been notified of the escapes.

This marks the third time this year that inmates have found their way out of custody at the Miller County jail. 

In February, Charlie Lanston, 35, and Jason Thompson, 27, climbed out through a section of the roof that was undergoing repairs.  They were caught two days later.

Two months later --in April-- three other inmates squeezed through the same window used in the latest escape and scaled a razor wire fence.   

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