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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Two LCF escapees caught following chase

  • Two of the three inmates who reportedly escaped from the Lansing Correctional Facility Friday were brought into custody that evening after being cornered in a home in Platte County, Mo.
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  • Two of the three inmates who reportedly escaped from the Lansing Correctional Facility Friday were brought into custody that evening after being cornered in a home in Clinton County, Mo.
    Jeremy Barclay, a spokesman for the Kansas Department of Corrections, said at about 12:45 p.m. that Allen Hurst and Scott Gilbert were believed to be the two individuals surrounded in a Clinton County, Mo., home following a chase Friday morning initiated by the Platte County Sheriff's Department.
    "There was some gunfire exchanged during that chase," Barclay told the Times.
    Late Friday afternoon, the inmates were said to be in negotiations with law enforcement officials, according to Platte County Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Erik Holland.
    Shortly after 5 p.m., Barclay said he received early reports from authorities close to the investigation that Hurst and Gilbert had been taken into custody following those negotiations.
    Contrary to earlier reports, Barclay said the third inmate who escaped from the minimum security wing of the Lansing Correctional Facility Friday, Randy Ridens, was not in custody at that time, but he was not reportedly in the home, either.
    Leavenworth County Sheriff Andy Dedeke said Friday afternoon that his deputies were working with officials from the U.S. Marhsals in a Leavenworth County search for the third individual.
    "We have acted information on one of the three," he said. "Thus far, we've come up empty-handed."
    Dedeke said that third escapee originates from southeastern Leavenworth County, so the search was centered in that area with the thought that he might have made contact with relatives or friends there.
    Barclay said shortly after 5 p.m. that the search for Ridens was still centered the Basehor-Linwood area.
    Many local schools were on external lockdown as a result of the escape, meaning that activity inside the buildings proceeded as normal but outdoor activities were restricted. Jake Potter, a spokesman for the Leavenworth School District, said additional law enforcement officers were also on hand as those schools were dismissed Friday afternoon. Lansing School Superintendent Randy Bagby said he had buses transporting students at the time he was informed of the situation.
    "I contacted them on the road and said 'keep your ears and eyes open,'" he said.
    Holland said in a Friday afternoon news conference that officials had closed off Highway Z in Clinton County near the house where the two suspected escapees were said to be.
    "We have made sure that nobody's in the houses immediately around the area and we have confirmed that the homeowners in this particular house are not at home and they are talking with officers at a different location," he said during the news conference.
    Page 2 of 2 - The three men were believed to have escaped LCF's minimum security wing at about 7 a.m. Friday morning, with LCF officials ringing an alarm at 7:40 a.m. Hurst and Gilbert were convicted in 2010 in Sedgwick County on multiple counts of burglary and theft, with Ridens serving time for burglary and theft counts in Shawnee and Douglas County.
    Because LCF minimum security unit has no razor wire or perimeter, Barclay characterized the escape as an unauthorized absence.
    Barclay confirmed there was a disturbance at the prison's maximum security unit Thursday evening but said this was unrelated to the escape of the minimum custody inmates.
    He said Thursday's disturbance, which quelled pretty quickly, was the result of inmates being upset about water pressure at the prison.
    All three are considered armed and dangerous, according to information from KDOC. Those with information pertaining to the whereabouts of the three inmates are encouraged to call 911, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-572-7463 or Lansing Correctional Facility at 913-727-3235.

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