By TONI WALTHALL News-Times Staff Law enforcement officers scoured the county Thursday, tracking the remaining three of six escaped Union County Jail inmates, who broke out of the American Road facility sometime overnight.
The escape was discovered sometime before 4 a.m. Thursday.
Three escapees Davis,Braggs, and Hunter were captured and an El Dorado woman was arrested for interfering with the apprehension.
Union County Sheriff Ken Jones said the six inmates had escaped after breaking out concrete blocks behind a toilet in the cell they shared. The six managed to crawl through a plumbing pipe containment area to an outer plumbing access door, which exits into a fenced outer area of the facility.
Blankets laid over the razor wire of the security fences weren’t completely effective in shielding the escapees from the extremely sharp edges. Investigators believe at least two of the escapees sustained severe injuries while scaling the fence, perhaps resulting in a considerable loss of blood.
Of the remaining escapees, Jones said Robert Demond Rhodes, 21, of Houston, is to be considered the most dangerous of the group. Rhodes Maxfield was brought back to El Dorado from the Arkansas Department of Correction to face a charge of second-degree murder in Union County related to a 2005 shooting incident at Paul’s Hamburger Stand on South Washington in which an innocent bystander was killed. Rhodes was serving time in the ADC for aggravated assault and probation violation.
Carl Brown, 24, of 164 Hargett Drive, El Dorado, was also back in Union County from the ADC to face old charges of aggravated robbery. He was formerly convicted and serving time for felony breaking and entering. Jonathan Antowine Davis, 19, of 146 Broadway, El Dorado, was an inmate of the ADC, convicted of robbery and aggravated assault. He was returned to El Dorado for a matter in juvenile court, according to Jones.
Michael Hunter, 32, of 419 E. Spring St., El Dorado, was being held in the Union County Criminal Justice Facility on charges of theft of services, failure to appear, residential burglary and theft by receiving.
Brandon Carnell Braggs, 20, of Spearsville, La., was in jail on a robbery charge.
Ulysses Maxfield, 21, of 518 Park Blvd., El Dorado, was being held in the UCCJF for theft of property.
By 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Maxfield and Braggs had been captured after a short foot chase with deputies near the grounds of the East Manor Apartments on Hudson Street. After a fight with deputies, Hunter was captured around 11:30 a.m. at a residence located at 115 E. Center in El Dorado. All three were returned to the lock up. Jones said all six inmates will face felony escape charges. Jones said Mary Lashawn Nathan, 32, who gave an address of 934 B Ave., El Dorado, was arrested at the same time as Hunter. Nathan was arrested on a charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution. She will appear for a first appearance hearing today in Union County District Court.
Jones said Nathan’s arrest should be considered a "warning for anyone who might consider helping the three remaining escapees."
Off-duty deputies were called in, working throughout the day, according to Jones. "Some were just sent home to get some sleep," said Jones. "They will return later this afternoon and we plan to continue to work hard through tonight before we slack up any at all."
UCSO deputies continued to follow leads and comb the county late into the evening. Some area schools locked down facilities Thursday as a security measure.
The El Dorado School District has several campuses within a short distance of the jail. Smackover also conducted a lock down.
"It continues to amaze me the choices some make. It isn 't like they are going to get out of the trouble they were already in or escape those charges," said Jones. "We will get them and they will face even more severe charges. Our manhunt will be ongoing until the last of the three remaining at-large are back in jail. It will happen – you can count on it."
Jones expressed appreciation for the support the department has received from within the community.
"I appreciated all of the calls and assistance that have aided us during this manhunt," he said.
"Should someone come in contact with (the escapees) they should contact this office (870-864-1970) or nearest law enforcement agency immediately."