5 escaped inmates from Pike County back behind bars

5 escaped inmates from Pike County back behind bars

(From left to right, top to bottom) William John Thomas Wilkerson, Jacob Darnell, Jason Darnell, Emanuel Chatman and Joseph Verive.

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 12, 2012 at 6:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 12 at 9:50 AM

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PIKE COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Authorities said five inmates that escaped from a Pike County detention center over the weekend have been captured.

Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte said Jacob A. Darnell, 22, Jason A Darnell, 25, and Emanuel G. Chatman, 27, were taken into custody around 2:00 a.m. on Monday in Midwest City, Oklahoma. 

A complaint was called in to local police early Monday. The caller stated three were asking for money near a convenience store. 

Midwest City officers responded and found the suspects in a 2003, black Chevy pickup truck.  One of the suspects was reportedly in possession of a meth pipe. They were taken into custody.

Joseph Verive, 49, was arrested less than 10 hours later near Bowling Green, Missouri. Verive was located on Pike 411. He told authorities he wanted to turn himself in and had not eaten since leaving jail Saturday.

According to police, Verive went to an Amish home on Highway Y near Pike 477. He told residents he had escaped jail, was thirsty, hungry and wanted a ride back to jail. The homeowner told Verive he did not have a telephone or vehicle and couldn't help him.

The remaining escapee, 40-year-old William John Thomas Wilkerson Jr. was taken into custody Wednesday morning in St. Louis County. Police responded to an apartment complex around 12:30 after someone called to report a suspicious person. Officers located Wilkerson at the complex, but he ran. After a short foot pursuit, Wilkerson was taken into custody. Officer also recovered a handgun from the scene.

Over the weekend, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office in Missouri received a call from a family member of an inmate saying there had been an escape around 10 p.m. Saturday. Prison officials checked the facility and realized five inmates were missing.

Officials said the inmates escaped after removing and modifying a tamper-resistant shower head. With the modified shower head, they gained access to a service area and exited the building.

The shower head was reportedly inspected on Friday, but no damage had been detected.

 

Sheriff Korte said he would like to thank and commend all the Law Enforcement Agencies that assisted and offered support during the investigation. Thanks also goes out to the concerned citizens who contacted law enforcement when they saw someone acting suspicious.  All five escapees were apprehended because something that did not look right was reported.

 

 

 

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