Last of jail escapees caught,
By RODERICK HARRINGTON For the Sunday News EL DORADO – The last of two escaped prisoners were back in the Union County Jail Saturday night, according to Sheriff Ken Jones.
Jonathan Davis, 19, and Carl Brown, 24, were both apprehended on Saturday. Jones said the capture of Davis took place on the Ouachita River Bridge at Calion.
"Davis had contacted the individual that assisted us on Friday night and he asked her to come to El Dorado from Conway and pick him up," Jones said in a news release. "When we learned of this we traveled to Conway last night and picked the individual up and brought her back to El Dorado. She agreed to cooperate with us in capturing Davis and she was provided with a vehicle and a cell phone. With the vehicle and cell phone she was instructed to try and locate Davis in the City of El Dorado and once she had him in the Davis car she was to travel north from El Dorado toward Conway, contact Sheriff Jones and inform him Davis was in the car."
Jones said the plan worked perfectly. On Friday Davis reportedly told the female "that he would not be taken alive and he would not go back to jail,"
the news release said. "I decided what better place to stop the car but on top of the River Bridge, he Brown had no place to run."
Six prisoners escaped early Thursday by breaking through a cinderblock wall in their cell. They then crawled into a plumbing pipe containment area, Jones said. Three of the six were captured Friday morning. Robert Demond Rhodes, 21, was in state custody awaiting trial for second-degree murder.
Davis, of El Dorado, was an inmate with the Arkansas Department of Corrections, having been convicted of robbery and aggravated assault. Brown, also of El Dorado, had been returned from state prison and was awaiting trail on an aggravated robbery charge.
According to Jones, "deputies were in place (on the bridge) when the female contacted the sheriff around 2 p.m. on Saturday and told him that Davis was in the trunk of her car and she would be leaving El Dorado headed for central Arkansas shortly." Jones and deputies waited along U.S. 167 north of El Dorado and saw the vehicle pass.
"We just fall in behind her until we got to the River Bridge. Once there, we had patrol units block off traffic north and south heading over the bridge and she stopped the car on the very top of the bridge and exited. Jones and four deputies popped the trunk of the car and found Davis hiding in the trunk. He was arrested without incident and transported back to the Union County Jail," Jones said.
Brown was captured about 5 p.m. on Saturday after a tip said he was hiding "in apartment 415 at East Manor Apartments on Hudson Street in El Dorado. We found Brown hiding inside the apartment during a search of the premises," Jones said. "At first he gave no resistance but when deputies tried to put handcuffs on him he began to resist.
"He was slightly injured during the scuffle and was taken to the Medical Center of South Arkansas for treatment, then released and transported back to the Union County Jail."
The sheriff ’s office also arrested Doris Key, 25, who gave an address of 1324 W. First St. in El Dorado. Jones said Key was arrested for hindering apprehension or prosecution. She will be held in the county jail until Monday, when she will have her first appearance. Three other people were arrested earlier on similar charges.
"Davis and Brown will also appear on Monday for a first appearance hearing and then will be transported back to the Arkansas Department of Corrections and placed in their maximum-security unit," Jones said. Following the intensive search over the weekend, Jones reflected a bit on the situation.
"This whole matter has been an unfortunate one for us. The jail is getting older and we are going to start looking at better ways to prevent this type incident in the future. There were no mistakes made by the jail staff, it was simply a structural problem that dates back to this jail being built. I will be working on those issues in the coming months."
Jones thanked the community for its assistance.
Also my thanks go out to the El Dorado Police Department that had officers there to back us up every time we took one of these guys into custody."