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Two of 3 escapees from Arkansas jail back in custody, sheriff says

By Staff and wire reports

This article was originally published July 11, 2018 at 12:42 p.m. Updated July 11, 2018 at 10:13 p.m.

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ASH FLAT — Two prisoners are back in custody after they along with a third inmate escaped Wednesday morning from a county jail in north Arkansas.

Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts said Christopher John Frey, 25, of Horseshoe Bend and Robert Lynn Pollard, 18, of Evening Shade were back in custody Wednesday night after escaping earlier in the day.

They were discovered missing along with Randall Paul Sledge, 31, of Conway during a morning check.

Authorities haven’t disclosed how they were able to slip away.

Counts said Sledge may be heading to Missouri. Part of Sharp County borders that state.

Pollard had been jailed on charges of fleeing on foot, escape, possession of a controlled substance and other alcohol-related counts, records show.

Frey had been held on charges of criminal use of a prohibited weapon, possession of a controlled substance and theft by receiving.

Sledge faced charges of fleeing in a vehicle and fleeing on foot as well as counts from other agencies.

— The Associated Press

EARLIER:

Authorities say three inmates, including two facing fleeing charges, escaped Wednesday morning from a jail in north Arkansas.

The Sharp County sheriff’s office said 18-year-old Robert Lynn Pollard of Evening Shade, 31-year-old Randall Paul Sledge of Conway, and 25-year-old Christopher John Frey Jr. of Horseshoe Bend were discovered missing around 7:30 a.m. during jail checks.

According to a news release sent around 10:25 a.m., the agency was “following up on information” regarding their escape.

Pollard had been jailed on charges of fleeing on foot, escape, possession of a controlled substance and other alcohol-related counts, records show. Sledge faced charges of fleeing in a vehicle and fleeing on foot as well as counts from other agencies.

Frey had been held on charges of criminal use of a prohibited weapon, possession of a controlled substance and theft by receiving.

The three had not been recaptured as of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said.

— Brandon Riddle

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