One of the three inmates to escape from the Faulkner County jail last month will appear in court Monday morning.
Joel Vermillion, 27, is set to appear before Faulkner County Circuit Judge Ed Clawson for two pretrial hearings and one revocation hearing.
Vermillion’s pretrial hearings stem from four charges — forgery, possession with intent to deal meth or cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia to manufacture meth or cocaine and third-degree escape — in two separate cases.
Vermillion’s revocation hearing stems from a May 2012 charge of possession of a firearm by a certain person.
Vermillion, of Mayflower, escaped the detention facility, located at 500 S. German Lane with Stacy Wilson, 41, and Jonathan Jackson, 24, on Aug. 17. The three escapees were captured within the next several days.
Vermillion was captured, along with Wilson, nearly two days after their escape, in the parking lot of Duncan Outdoors on Dave Ward Drive after leading police on more than a nine-mile pursuit from Mayflower to Conway on Arkansas 365.
A statement from Wilson, recently obtained by the Log Cabin Democrat, indicates the two escapees planned to surrender to police. The statement was obtained with other documents included in the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office investigation file on its staff, which was found to have not followed policies and procedures the day of the escape.
According to the statement, Wilson said the inmates stayed at a motel the night of the escape, although the exact motel and location was not stated.
Wilson states Jackson, referred to as “JB,” left the motel early the next morning and was not seen again. Jackson was captured by U.S. Marshals at an Oklahoma City motel nearly three days after the escape.
“Me and Joel left the motel around 10:30 Sunday morning and walked around southwest Little Rock all day and night,” Wilson wrote. “We got a truck from a gas station Monday morning and went to Walmart in Jacksonville.”
The vehicle Wilson refers to he and Vermillion obtaining was the result of a carjacking of a 51-year-old Little Rock woman at a gas station in the 1200 block of South University Avenue.
Faulkner County Sheriff Andy Shock said Vermillion admitted to carjacking the woman after he was captured by authorities.
The victim told Little Rock police that a man approached her and acted as if he had a weapon and repeatedly asked her if she wanted to live.
The victim said the man then grabbed her and threw her to the ground, which caused her to hit her head on the concrete.
The man then entered the vehicle and drove away, the police report states.
Police said the victim was taken to the St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center emergency room by her husband where she was treated for lacerations to the back of her head and a possible fracture to her lower back.
Wilson continues in his statement that after going to the Jacksonville Walmart, he and Vermillion went to the home of an acquaintance where Wilson says he took a shower and had his acquaintance call his mother to tell her he was fine and planned to surrender to police.
“Me and Joel left Jacksonville and went to his family’s house (in Mayflower) and he told them that he loved them,” Wilson wrote. “Then we met police leaving there and (Vermillion) said he was not going to stop until he got to (the detention facility located at 500 S. German Lane).”
Shock said deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop near Arkansas 89 North after observing the stolen SUV, however, the vehicle refused to stop.
Deputies estimated the pursuit of the vehicle reached speeds of approximately 70 mph before the it pulled into Duncan Outdoors, at which point Wilson and Vermillion surrendered to authorities, Shock said.
Vermillion is currently being held on no bond, court documents show.
Wilson, currently held in lieu of a $1 million bond, is next in court Oct. 7. Jackson, also currently being held in lieu of a $1 million bond, is next in court Oct. 21.
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