After being on the run since their escape from Hopkins County jail just after 8 a.m. Tuesday, Brian Allen Tucker and John Marlin King were found hiding in the attic of a barn behind a residence on east Dallas Street in Cooper just before 5 p.m. Thursday.
The duo was arraigned Friday morning before Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Yvonne King, who set bond at $500,000 each on felony charges of escape while arrested or confined. Both Tucker and King also face parole violation charges.
The pair were said to have peeled chain link fencing from a gate on a recreational area at the county jail Tuesday morning to make their escape.
A short time after the men escaped, officers found their jail-issued clothing about two blocks from the jail, where a command post was established to coordinate search efforts of more than 200 law enforcement officers including U.S. Marshals, Texas Rangers, state troopers, Texas Department of Criminal Justice canines and mounted officers, along with several DPS helicopters.
Although officers received many tips as to the location of the escapees, the first solid bit of information came when a Saturn SUV was reported stolen Wednesday afternoon from a residence in the 1500 block of West Houston Street about the same time they learned one of the escapees, John King, had gone to a rural residence near FM 3134 in northwestern Hopkins County.
“They went to a friend's house and, basically, just told them they were taking their food and took it,” Hopkins County Sheriff Butch Adams said Thursday evening.
That resident immediately contacted the sheriff's department after King left.
“He was positively identified getting into the passenger side of a black SUV with an unknown occupant,” Hopkins County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brad Cummings said at the time. “Due to the fact that we are not sure the other occupant was Tucker, we are assuming that they still may be together. We can't confirm if they have or have not separated but there was an unknown second occupant in that vehicle.”
A short time later, Hopkins County officers called Commerce Police for assistance after the escapees were possibly seen along FM 71 west.
“Officers with Commerce PD responded and assisted with the search,” said Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews. “During the search, it was learned that the suspects were in a stolen Saturn Vue.”
Crews said the parking lot of the Commerce Wal-Mart was temporarily used as a staging and briefing area for officers involved in the search.
The search then returned to northwestern Hopkins County, where officers continued to follow up on slim information.
A key to finding the pair came when items stolen in a burglary were taken to a pawn shop in Commerce.
The stolen property was identified and then connected with Tucker and King, and the search moved into Delta County, where Sheriff Adams said “We were able to locate both subjects in the attic of a barn behind a residence in Cooper.”
The sheriff said it was obvious the men were surprised when tactical officers confronted them.
“We did find the vehicle a short way from the house; they walked up to the house,” Adams said. “They were arrested at 4:47 p.m. — they were together.”
Officers said the men did not have a weapon although a .22 caliber derringer was taken from the stolen SUV.
Two Cooper residents, a father and son, were also arrested for aiding and abetting when officers took the escapees into custody.
Charles Ensey, 62, was held in Delta County jail Friday morning awaiting arraignment on the charge.
Ensey's father was released after further investigation.
Sheriff Adams and department spokesman Brad Cummings both indicated officers were relieved the escapees were captured without incident.
Texas Rangers and sheriff's investigators are conducting an investigation into the escape.
At the time of the escape, Tucker was in county jail awaiting trial on capital murder charges in connection with the death of Mahoney man two years ago. If convicted of capital murder, Tucker could face the death penalty.
King had been in jail since his arrest in connection with a number of rural burglaries and after a high-speed pursuit from King's residence on FM 3134 to north of Birthright where he fled from the pickup he was driving into the woods on foot and later located by search dogs. King faces 40 years in prison for parole violations on drug and burglary charges.
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