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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • LCF escapees to face charges

  • Two men involved in an hours-long standoff with police following their escape from the Lansing Correctional Facility will face charges, Platte County officials announced Saturday.
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  • Two men involved in an hours-long standoff with police following their escape from the Lansing Correctional Facility will face charges, Platte County officials announced Saturday.
    Scott Gilbert and Allen Hurst are said to have walked off from the minimum security wing of LCF around 7 a.m. Friday morning, along with a third inmate, Randy Ridens Sr.
    Platte County Sheriff Mark Owen and Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd announced in a news conference Saturday morning that Allen and Hurst will each face 12 additional charges in connection with the standoff Friday. Bond was set at $5 million cash, according to sheriff's office officials.
    Officials said Gilbert and Hurst fired shots at an officer from the Platte County Sheriff's Office during a chase that began at about 10 a.m. and ended when the two men broke into a home in the rural area near Highway Z near the Platte/Clinton county line. They'll face a number of first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer charges for the shots fired at police and an attempted kidnapping charge for allegedly trying to force the Edgerton, Mo., mayor into their car.
    The two men were coaxed out of the rural Platte County home at about 5 p.m. Friday following negotiations with law enforcement and no one was reportedly injured during the incident. Kansas Department of Corrections officials announced that Ridens had been taken into custody at about 10:22 p.m. Friday night as he attempted to enter Topeka after a search that centered on southern Leavenworth County. Ridens was taken directly back to LCF, KDOC officials said.
    Allen and Hurst, however, remain in custody at the Platte County Detention Center.
     
     
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