Two of the three inmates that escaped from the Faulkner County jail Saturday afternoon were taken back into custody less than two miles from where their breakout occurred almost 48 hours before.
Stacy Wilson, 41, and Joel Vermillion, 27, were arrested by authorities at Duncan Outdoors, located at 398 Dave Ward Drive, after leading deputies on more than a nine-mile pursuit, Faulkner County Sheriff Andy Shock said.
Shock said deputies initiated a traffic stop on a black Lincoln Navigator, learned to have been stolen by the escapees, around 1 p.m., on Arkansas 89 North near the railroad track in Mayflower.
The vehicle refused to stop and proceeded to lead multiple units on a pursuit on Arkansas 365 into Conway, Shock said.
Deputies estimated the pursuit reached speeds of approximately 70 mph before the vehicle pulled into Duncan Outdoors, at which point Wilson and Vermillion were “taken into custody without incident,” Shock said.
Jonathan Jackson, 24, remains the only escapee not captured by authorities.
Shock said the vehicle the inmates initially stole after escaping from the detention center, a 1997 white, four-door Chevrolet Lumina, was found Sunday afternoon in southwest Little Rock. The recovery of the vehicle led to information on locations the inmates had been, and also led to authorities learning of the stolen Lincoln Navigator, Shock said.
It is possible the inmates had received help from outside parties, but Shock stated it is still being investigated by his office.
Shock said “headway” is being made by deputies on information of the third escapee, Jonathan Jackson, who has now evaded police custody for more than two days.
The three inmates, all arrested for various drug and theft charges, escaped from the detention center, located at 500 S. German Lane, around 2:30 p.m. Saturday by pulling back a fence in the recreation yard. The inmates then jumped a barbwire fence and stole the Chevrolet Lumina, which was parked at a nearby business.
Shock has said the escape could have been avoided if “policies and procedures” had been followed by detention center staff.
According to the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office website, Jackson was booked June 20 and held in lieu of a $1,880 bond for charges including delivery of methamphetamine or cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jackson, of Greenbrier, is described as a white male, 5-feet-11 inches and 160 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.
Perry County inmate returned
Officials say a Perry County inmate who escaped work detail around 5 p.m. Sunday has been apprehended.
Mark Morrow, 42, was captured at approximately 1:45 p.m. Monday in Perryville and is now back in custody at the Perry County Detention Center in a secure, locked-down area.
Morrow reportedly walked away from work release around 5 p.m. Sunday. Morrow’s direction of travel or destination was unknown at the time he ran away, and he was presumed to be neither armed nor dangerous.
Officials searching on Monday said Morrow is classified as a non-violent inmate and was incarcerated for theft by receiving and possession of controlled substance.
(Staff writer Megan Reynolds contributed to this report)
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