facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Murder suspects escape from Arkansas jail

May 29, 2012 at 2:35 PM   |   Comments

TEXARKANA, Ark., May 29 (UPI) -- Two suspects awaiting trial on murder charges escaped from Miller County Jail in Texarkana, Ark., authorities said Tuesday.

Cortez Rashod Hooper, 23, charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault, and Quincy Vernard Stewart, 36, held on a capital murder charge from Bowie County, Texas, as well as possession of a controlled substance, were discovered missing Monday morning, CNN reported.

A search of their cell indicated metal bars over a window, looking onto a courtyard, were cut with a hacksaw and mattresses were pushed through the window in an effort to soften the detainees' landing as they jumped to the courtyard, county dispatcher Vanessa Schaeffer said.

Authorities are unable to determine how the escapees got past the jail's 10-foot fence, which is topped with razor wire. A police K-9 unit was brought in, but was unable to track the men, Schaeffer said.

It is also undetermined how Hooper and Stewart had a hacksaw in their possession, the report said.

"It's under investigation. We're asking ourselves the same question," said Chief Deputy Sheriff Duke Schofield.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Merkel urges Putin to withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine Merkel urges Putin to withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine
2
Shark attacks surfer at Santa Cruz beach Shark attacks surfer at Santa Cruz beach
3
Lindsey Graham fears ISIS will come kill us all, in a not at all hysterical way Lindsey Graham fears ISIS will come kill us all, in a not at all hysterical way
4
Rush Limbaugh: Women actually are consenting when they say 'no' Rush Limbaugh: Women actually are consenting when they say 'no'
5
Census: number of Americans living in poverty down, still above 45 million Census: number of Americans living in poverty down, still above 45 million
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback