Sheriff: All five inmates in custody after St. Francois County jail escape

The U.S. Marshals announced an award for the wanted escapees.
Published: Jan. 18, 2023 at 5:33 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2023 at 10:02 AM CST
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FARMINGTON, Mo. (KMOV) - All five inmates that escaped St. Francois County Detention Center in Farmington Tuesday night have been taken into custody.

Four of them were captured on Saturday. The St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department reports that Lajuan Tucker, Kelly McSean, Aaron Sebastian and Dakota Pace were taken into custody overnight in Butler County, Ohio, north of Cincinnati. All four are being held in the Butler County Jail in Ohio, to await extradition. Police say the suspects were captured following a vehicle pursuit involving the stolen 2009 Toyota Scion.

In addition, Michael Wilkins was also found and taken into custody on Friday in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Investigators found Wilkins after a tip that he may have been at a bar there Wednesday night. Surveillance video positively identified him, and he was later arrested at a retail store and taken back to St. Francois County.

According to the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department, the inmates escaped by making their way through a secured door and onto the roof of the detention center before eventually getting to the ground. After escaping the center, the inmates went to the nearby Centene Corporation, where they entered the secured parking lot and stole a grey 2009 Scion TC with Missouri temporary tags.

The vehicle was last seen on camera traveling south. After the escapees were caught on camera discarding their orange clothing, they were seen wearing white thermal leggings, white boxers and/or basketball shorts and white t-shirts.

According to the St. Francois County Sheriff's Office, the surveillance video obtained from Centene Corporation shows the theft of the 2009 Toyota Scion.
The escapees inside the stolen Scion at the Centene Center
The escapees inside the stolen Scion at the Centene Center(St. Francois County Sheriff)

The incident occurred around 7 p.m. The Farmington Police Department said it was reported around 10:20 p.m. The St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department shared surveillance video that shows the inmates stealing the Scion.

The suspects were identified as 52-year-old Kelly McSean, 26-year-old Dakota Dwayne Pace, 30-year-old Aaron Wade Sebastian, 37-year-old Lujuan Damien Tucker, and 40-year-old Wilkins. They were all being held on felony charges. Authorities said Tucker, Sebastian and McSean are known sex offenders. Pace and Wilkins were being held on felony warrants.

The U.S. Marshals announced a $5,000 reward each for information on Sebastian, McSean, and Tucker. There is a $2,500 reward for Pace.

Anyone who knows where the escaped inmates are at is encouraged to call the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department at (573) 756-3252 or Joint Communications at (573) 431-3131. If you spot one of the escaped inmates, do not approach them, but call 9-1-1.