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Two escape from Tucker prison, one still at large

By David Harten

This article was originally published October 29, 2012 at 3:07 p.m. Updated October 29, 2012 at 3:39 p.m.

Curtis Reese, Jr., 33.

Two inmates escaped from the state penitentiary unit in Tucker on Monday afternoon, and one is still at large.

According to Arkansas Department of Correction spokesperson Shea Wilson, the two inmates escaped at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday from the prison. While one of the inmates, James B. Ryan, has been apprehended, the second, Curtis Reese, Jr., 33, has evaded authorities and is believed to be between Tucker and England.

Reese, Jr. is currently serving a 40-year sentence for first-degree murder out of Saline County.

A release from the department states that Reese and Ryan escaped the prison in a water tank atop an 18-wheel tractor trailer, then jumped off in the Ferda area.

Wilson added that the Arkansas State Police are currently searching for the inmate by helicopter.

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