The third and final escaped Faulkner County inmate, Jonathan Jackson, was apprehended more than 300 miles away by U.S. Marshals on Tuesday morning in Oklahoma City.
Jackson’s capture, which occurred almost 24 hours after Joel Vermillion, 27, and Stacy Wilson, 41, surrendered to deputies less than two miles from the jail, brought an end to an almost three-day manhunt, launched by the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office, for the three escapees.
“We can breathe now,” Chief Deputy Matt Rice said in regards to having all the escapees in custody. “Our investigators and deputies put lots of hours into this and they did an excellent job.”
The sheriff’s office stated it received a tip on Jackson’s whereabouts early Tuesday morning, and were able to confirm his location in Oklahoma City.
County investigators contacted U.S. Marshals who were able to capture Jackson, 24, without incident, around 11 a.m. at the America’s Best Value Inn and Suites, Rice said.
Jackson will be held in Oklahoma City while he awaits extradition.
Rice praised other law enforcement agencies, including the Conway Police Department, Arkansas State Police and the U.S. Marshals Service, that helped in the escapees’ apprehension.
“We’re happy to get this behind us, and now we will look into why this happened,” he said.
The trio, all held on various drug and theft charges with bonds ranging from $1,880 to $15,000, escaped Saturday afternoon by pulling back a fence in the recreation yard. The inmates then jumped a barbwire fence and stole a vehicle parked at a nearby business.
Faulkner County Sheriff Andy Shock has said the inmates’ escape from the detention facility, located at 500 S. German Lane, could have been prevented if “policies and procedures” had been followed by staff.
Rice said he was not sure how long the investigation would last or if certain detention facility staff members, who were present during the escape, would be placed on administrative-leave during the investigation.
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