The investigation into how three inmates escaped from the Faulkner County jail in August is expected to be completed some time this week, Sheriff Andy Shock said Monday.
The three inmates, Jonathan Jackson, 24, Joel Vermillion, 27, and Stacy Wilson, 41, escaped from the detention facility, located at 500 S. German Ave., Aug. 17.
The trio’s jailbreak occurred on a Saturday, around 2:30 p.m., when the inmates pulled back a fence in the recreation yard and jumped a barbed wire fence before stealing a vehicle parked at a nearby business.
The escape launched an almost three-day manhunt for the fugitives, all initially arrested for various drug and theft charges. The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office received assistance from other agencies during the manhunt, including the U.S. Marshals Services, the Conway Police Department and the Arkansas State Police.
After successfully managing to evade capture for one day, Vermillion and Wilson surrendered to deputies less than two miles from the jail Aug. 19, almost 48 hours after their escape.
Shock said Vermillion admitted to carjacking a woman, the morning of his capture, at a gas station in the 1200 block of South University Avenue, located in southwest Little Rock.
The 51-year-old victim told police her attacker approached her as if he had a weapon, and asked her several times if she wanted to live.
During a struggle, the victim said she was thrown to the ground, and hit her head on the concrete. Her attacker then entered the vehicle, a black, 2008 Infiniti QX56, and drove away.
The woman was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for lacerations to the back of her head and a possible lower back fracture, police said.
Vermillion and Wilson were later spotted in the vehicle by Faulkner County Sheriff’s deputies in Mayflower. After refusing to stop, the two led authorities on almost a nine-mile pursuit, which reached speeds of 70 mph, on Arkansas 365 into Conway.
The fugitives surrendered to deputies, without incident, after pulling into Duncan Outdoors on Dave Ward Drive.
Almost 24 hours later, Jackson was captured by U.S. Marshals more than 300 miles away at an Oklahoma City motel.
Jackson’s capture brought an end to a tense time for the sheriff’s office, and allowed it the opportunity to investigate what could have been done differently to prevent the inmates’ escape.
The day of the escape, Shock said policies and procedures were not followed by staff, which allowed the escape to occur, and an investigation would be conducted after the inmates were taken back into custody.
Shock said he had reviewed the file late last week, and wanted Major John Randall, a 14-year veteran of the sheriff’s office who oversees detention affairs, among others, to review it before the investigation was completed.
Shock confirmed that no detention staff was placed on leave as part of the investigation.