Three Missouri jail escapees caught in Oklahoma

Three jail escapees from Missouri have been caught in Midwest City. The three men were panhandling near a convenience store when police confronted them.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: September 10, 2012

— Three jail escapees from Missouri were captured near a convenience store where they were panhandling, authorities said.

The inmates escaped Saturday from the Pike County jail in Bowling Green, Mo., and were caught about 2 a.m. Monday in Midwest City, authorities said.

The escapees were Emanuel Chatman, 27, and brothers, Jacob Darnell, 22, and Jason Darnell, 24, all of Louisiana, Mo., Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte said.

Midwest City police were called because the three were outside a store asking for money.

Police said they found a meth pipe on one of the men and arrested them without incident.

Assistant Chief Sid Porter said the pickup they were in was reported stolen in Missouri. The escapees face complaints of possession of a stolen vehicle and obstructing an officer.

In Missouri, Jacob Darnell was in jail before on a complaint of possession of dangerous drugs; Jason Darnell on a complaint of obstructing justice; and Emanuel Chatman on a complaint of domestic assault.

A family member of one of the men called authorities to report an escape. Jailers checked the area and saw five inmates were missing.

The other two escapees from Missouri are Joseph Verive, of Elsberry, Mo., and William John Thomas Wilkerson Jr., of Florissant, Mo.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Verive or Wilkerson is asked to call 911 or call the Pike County sheriff at (573) 324-3202.


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