Final two recaptured
By TIA LYONS News-Times Staff The last of six prisoners who escaped from the Union County Jail last week and touched off an area manhunt that stretched to the Ouachita River Bridge in Calion made their first appearances in Union County District Court on Monday.
Bond for 19-year-old Jonathan Davis, and 24-year-old Carl Brown, was set at $250,000.
Davis and Brown were Arkansas Department of Correction inmates who were being held in the Union County Criminal Justice Facility to make an appearance in juvenile court and to stand trial on aggravated robbery charges, respectively.
Brown, Davis and four others including ADC prisoner Robert Rhodes, 21, Michael Hunter, 32, Ulysses Maxfield, 21, and Brandon Braggs, 20, of Spearsville, La., escaped from the jail last week.
The six reportedly broke through a cinderblock wall in their cell early Thursday morning, crawled into a plumbing containment area and exited the building through an outside access door.
They then scaled a razor-wire fence that surrounds the facility.
Rhodes, who was awaiting trial on a charge of second-degree murder, appeared in Union County District Court on Friday, where he received a $1 million bond.
Brown, Davis and Rhodes were returned to state prison following their first appearance hearings, authorities said.
Hunter, Maxfield and Braggs were captured Thursday, and Rhodes was returned to custody on Friday.
Brown and Davis were apprehended Saturday – Davis by an elaborate scheme set up by the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
In a news release, Sheriff Ken Jones said his department learned that Davis had asked a Conway woman Friday night to come to El Dorado and pick him up.
The woman assisted in Davis’ capture by complying with his request and keeping in contact with the UCSO, who had asked her to locate Davis and to travel north toward Conway.
The female contacted Jones at 2 p.m. Saturday and told him that Davis was in the trunk of her car and that she was leaving El Dorado.
Deputies then positioned themselves along U.S. 167 north of El Dorado and followed the car to the Ouachita River Bridge at Calion, where they found Davis inside the trunk and took him into custody.
Brown was apprehended about 5 p.m. Saturday after deputies received a tip that he was hiding in a residence at El Dorado East Manor Apartments.
Jones said deputies initially received erroneous information that Brown was inside the residence at 415 Hudson, but he was actually found inside 417 Hudson.
Doris Key, who was arrested Saturday for hindering apprehension or prosecution, also appeared in District Court Friday. Key pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge, and she was issued a sheriff’s bond of $1,000. Her trial was set for April 26.
Three other people were arrested previously on similar charges for allegedly helping the escapees.