Hopkins County Sheriff's Investigator Daniel Winn said he and Texas Ranger John Vance are asking for the public's help in locating a man they suspect may have assisted Brian Tucker and John King in their escape from the county jail last week.
“We have some surveillance video from the Easy Mart on Helm Lane,” Winn said. “He appears to be a middle-age white male wearing a denim, button-down shirt and blue jeans,” Winn said. “He is going to be in a black newer model four-door Chevy pickup.”
From the surveillance video, officers could not get a license plate number or identify anything unique about the vehicle.
“Texas Ranger John Vance and I are needing to question this man in connection with possible assistance he may have provided to John King or Brian Tucker,” Winn said. “Nobody knows who this man is at this point. However, if anybody knows who the man is, they can contact me at Hopkins County Sheriff's Department at 903-438-4040 or Crime Stoppers at 903-885-2020 if they wish to remain anonymous. A reward will be offered for his whereabouts.”
At the time of the escape, Brian Allen Tucker was in county jail awaiting trial on capital murder charges in connection with the death of Mahoney man two years ago. If convicted, Tucker could face the death penalty.
John Martin 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 has already been transferred to state prison to serve a 40-year sentence.
The two men escaped from county jail Tuesday, April 2, and were caught two days later in Delta County.
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