Authorities arrest 1 of 2 escaped Missouri jail inmates

7 months 1 week 5 hours ago September 20, 2016 Sep 20, 2016 Tuesday, September 20 2016 Tuesday, September 20, 2016 8:40:36 AM CDT in Continuous News
By: The Associated Press

WAYNESVILLE (AP) — Authorities have arrested one of two south-central Missouri inmates who bolted last weekend.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's office says 32-year-old James Sherrell was arrested Monday night in a rural house about 5 miles west of the town of Crocker.

Sherell and 27-year-old Dustin Richardson escaped from the county jail early Sunday. Sherrell was being held on suspicion of drug possession and interfering with an arrest. Richardson had been jailed on a child-molestation charge.

Sheriff Ron Long said in a release that the inmates requested a medical check, then stole the jailer's keys and fled. The jailer wasn't injured.

Police were searching for Richardson and a woman accused of helping the two men escape. Another woman who worked at the jail is charged with having a sexual relationship with Richardson.

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