Sgt. Brad Cummings of the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office said the two men should be considered extremely dangerous and identified the escapees as Brian Allen Tucker, 44, who was in jail awaiting trial on capital murder charges, and John Marlin King, 39, who was being held without bond for parole violation while serving a 40-year sentence for drug possession.
Cummings said the men were in the female recreation yard and managed to squeeze through the fence to make their escape.
“We did find their black-and-white striped jail clothing,” Cummings said. “We are not aware if they picked up something beforehand or afterwards. We are not sure if they continued on foot or if they got in the car with someone.”
Within minutes of the escape, sheriff's deputies, police officers, constables and state troopers were in the area, setting up a field command post at the intersection of Jackson and Houston streets and beginning a search of the area east of Jackson and between Pipeline Road and Weaver Drive.
“We are not sure if the direction of travel can be suggested from where the clothes were found, if they were headed east or, possibly, north,” he said. “But, again, with these type of people you never know if they are going to take a detour or which way they are really going.”
At least two Department of Public Safety helicopters were quickly in the area and two teams of search dogs and mounted officers were called in from the state prison unit in Bonham.
Texas Rangers, along with additional officers from surrounding counties, also joined in the search.
As word of the escape spread, all schools in the county went on immediate lock down and Hopkins County Courthouse was partially locked down with heavy security.
Cummings emphasized the escapees were considered extremely dangerous.
“Do not approach these two men,” Cummings cautioned. “If you happen to see these two, call 911 immediately. Do not approach — call us and let us come take them into custody.”
Brian Allen Tucker has been indicted for the capital murder of Bobby Riley on April 29, 2011, as well as theft of musical equipment and jewelry from the man's home. The maximum sentence, if he is convicted of capital murder, is the death penalty.
Tucker is described as a 44-year-old white male, five feet seven inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair.
John Marlin King, who violated parole and was sentenced to a 40-year prison term for drug possession, has already fled capture once. He was caught once before when deputies, looking for property stolen in a burglary, approached him at his house. He fled and was apprehended following a high-speed chase and a foot search that ended when search dogs located the man in a wooded area.
King is a white male, 39-years-old, five feet eight inches tall and weighing 165 pounds. He has black hair and hazel eyes.
Officers emphasized the duo are to be considered extremely dangerous and should not be approached. If the men are spotted, call 911 immediately.
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