Three of the five escaped inmates from the Pike County, Missouri jail were arrested early Monday morning. The other two remain on the loose.
The Pike County, Missouri Sheriff's Office confirms brothers Jacob and Jason Darnell along with Emanuel Chatman from Louisiana, Missouri were arrested in Midwest City, Oklahoma around 2 a.m. Monday morning.
A complaint was called into the local police that the three were asking for money near a convenience store. They were found in a 2003 black Chevy pickup. A police K9 located a meth pipe on one of the three.
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The search continues for 40-year-old William John Thomas Wilkerson Jr., of Florissant, and 49-year-old Joseph A. Verive, formerly of Elsberry, Mo. Police believe Verive may be on his way to see family in Arkansas.
The group escaped Saturday night after removing a tamper resistant stainless steel shower head to gain access to a service area. The group walked out of the building sometime before 10:30 p.m.
"We received a phone call from a family member of an inmate stating they'd heard from other family members that he'd allegedly escaped. We immediately checked the cell block area," Sheriff Stephen Korte said.
When asked if these inmates are considered dangerous, Korte responded, "only if cornered, I believe.They're going out to lay low, they're not going out to perpetrate other crimes, but if they are located, they may do what they need to do to stay free."
Jacob Darnell was originally in the jail charged with domestic assault and possession of a controlled substance. Jason Darnell was scheduled to appear in court Monday on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender. Emanuel Chatman and Verive were originally charged with domestic assault. Finally, Wilkerson was charged with theft of anhydrous ammonia, an ingredient used in the production of methamphetamine.
Any one seeing these men or having knowledge of their whereabouts should call their nearest law enforcement agency or the Pike County Sheriff??s Office at 573-324-3202.
We will have more information as it is released.