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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Two convicts flee Texas jail, possibly only in underwear


SAN ANTONIO, Texas- An inmate suspected of strangling a man 
with shoelaces escaped with a fellow prisoner from a Texas jail on 
Tuesday, triggering a manhunt for what authorities described as two 
dangerous fugitives, possibly clad in nothing but their underwear.
“They squeezed their way through the fence somehow,” said 
Sergeant Brad Cummings, a spokesman for the Hopkins County 
Sheriff’s office in Sulphur Springs, Texas, about 80 miles (130 km) 
northeast of Dallas.
The men escaped from the county jail recreation yard and their 
black-and-white prison uniforms were later found on the outskirts 
of the detention facility, which has a capacity to house about 200 
inmates, he said.
“Officers were notified that the two subjects had left the jail, and 
we immediately set up a command post and notified all surrounding 
agencies, and all schools within our county are on lockdown,” 
Cummings said.
He said one of the escapees, Brian Allen Tucker, 44, was awaiting 
trial for capital murder stemming from the 2011 killing of an 
acquaintance, 63-year-old Bobby Riley, who was strangled with 
shoelaces before being robbed.
John Marlin King, 39, a burglary suspect in another case unrelated 
to the shoelace killing, escaped along with Tucker.
“We do not know if they have weapons of any kind at this point, 
but they should be considered extremely dangerous,” Cummings 
said.
Since the men discarded their jail uniforms, Cummings said they 
may have fled with nothing but their prison-issue white T-shirts and 
boxer shorts to protect them from the elements.
“It could be that they’re possibly just in their underwear,” he said.
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