Inmates back in custody after escaping through hole in roof

Inmates back in custody after escaping through hole in roof

CROSS COUNTY, Ark. (WMC/KAIT) - Two inmates who law enforcement said escaped from jail with help have been brought back into custody.

Stephanie Henderson and Carl Ellis are accused of helping Gregory Farmer and Austin Dooley escape from Cross County Jail on Monday.

Cross County Sheriff David West said Ellis used a ladder that had been left out by workers to get on the roof before he cut a hole in the roof that led to a sewer pipe.

Carl Ellis (L) and Stephanie Henderson (R) (Source: Cross County Sheriff's Office)
Carl Ellis (L) and Stephanie Henderson (R) (Source: Cross County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Cross County Sheriff's Office)

“He used some tools and opened a sewer vent and removed the vent and got and helped two inmates escape through that hole," West said.

Dooley is in jail for possession of a controlled substance, no turn signal, defective signal lamps and signal lights, failure to display tags, no proof of insurance, driving on a suspended driver’s license.

Suspects help inmates escape by cutting hole in jail roof

Farmer is in jail for kidnapping, aggravated robbery, retaliation against a witness, informer, juror/threatens to harm another, terroristic threatening first-degree, engaging in a continuing criminal gang/organization/or enterprise, failure to pay fines.

Investigators say the getaway car, driven by Henderson, was parked behind a gas station across the street from the jail.

“I don’t know who would want to break into a jail even to help their friends. It’s a little absurd," Cross County Sheriff David West said.

Greg Farmer (L), Austin Dooley (R) (Source: Cross County Sheriff)
Greg Farmer (L), Austin Dooley (R) (Source: Cross County Sheriff)

Cameras on the jail showed the escapees running across the street.

Henderson and Ellis were arrested shortly after. Farmer and Dooley were spotted just before midnight on county road 747 and captured at 1:35 a.m. without incident to be brought back to Cross County Jail.

Henderson and Ellis are both charged with escape second degree, hindering apprehension, and impairing a vital public facility.

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