More than 200 law enforcement officers were continuing the search Wednesday morning for two escapees from the Hopkins County jail, and sheriff's department spokesman Sgt. Brad Cummings said a new command post was being established.
County Judge Chris Brown spent most of Tuesday and Wednesday at the sheriff's department, answering questions and providing any assistance possible.
“What happened yesterday, you saw a lot of boots on the ground,” Brown said. “I was told this morning we had probably about 200 officers on the ground. They were all spread out, some on horseback and some just around the perimeter. They searched the area very thoroughly.”
Tracking dogs from the Texas Department of Corrections were quickly in the area Tuesday morning and Brown said the canines found the scent in a couple of places.
“We had what we felt was a good lead yesterday afternoon,” Brown said. “Two guys were spotted running in just shorts and T-shirts, and when the dogs moved to that area, they did hit on the scent and foot prints were found that looked real similar to shoes issued to county jail inmates.”
Investigators felt that was a good lead and put the search into a new area near Loop 301, Jefferson Street and Industrial Drive (the north Interstate 30 service road.)
“When night fell, officers started using the thermal imaging camera borrowed from the fire departments,” the judge said. “They were able to find two heat sources in a real thick area of the woods that turned out to probably be an animal.”
Sgt. Cummings said the two men should be considered extremely dangerous and identified the men 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
While the search is focused in Hopkins County, Cummings said the escapees may have gotten out of this area.
“But it is very possible that they are still in the area,” he said. “We want people to still remain on high alert until we exhaust all means to try to find these guys.”
Cummings said investigators are continuing to contact people who might have come into contact with the pair as they try to gather information that might help locate the escapees or, at least, a general area they might be going.
“We found their jail clothes over by the tracks near Houston Street,” the sergeant said. “We assume they left with their boxers and their undershirts which are very thin material, so with last night's cool conditions, it's possible to assume they have a different set of clothing.”
Brian Allen Tucker had 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.
Tucker is described as a 44-years-old white male, five feet seven inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair.
John Marlin King had violated parole and been sentenced to a 40-year prison term for drug possession. King is a white male, 39-years-old, five feet eight inches tall and weighing 165 pounds. He has black hair and hazel eyes.
Cummings had a word of warning for anyone helping the escapees.
“We want people to know if anybody is caught aiding and abetting these two or hindering their apprehension, they will be charged,” he said. “It is a third-degree felony in this case if anyone has seen them or is caught hindering apprehension of these two. That could be simply providing them with a ride, providing them with a means of hiding out, something of that nature — it is going to be considered hindering apprehension and they will be charged.”
Anyone with information leading to the arrest of these two extremely dangerous men is encouraged to call Lake Country Crime Stoppers at 903-885-2020. An award of $5,000 is being offered by Crimes Stoppers for tips leading to the capture of these escaped inmates.
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