UPDATE: Few new details have been released in regards to the two inmates that remain on the run after breaking out of the Ottawa County Jail Wednesday morning.
Thursday evening, police in North Platte, NE were searching the area around the South Platte River in North Platte, but neither of the two inmates were located.
Wade told North Platte police that he had phoned his father, and that his father persuaded him to turn himself in.
“He walked into the local Walmart,” said police Sgt. Gary Hovey. “He approached the manager and asked him to call the police.”
Authorities said it was not clear whether James and Carrera-Morales were traveling together. Wade reportedly told North Platte police, “They all went in separate directions after they got out.”
UPDATE Thursday 7:40PM: According to the Kansas Department of Corrections at approximately 5:30 PM, Drew Edward Wade, who escaped from the Ottawa County jail earlier today, was apprehended in North Platte, Nebraska. Drew E. Wade, 21, was in the stolen Chevy Venture van.
The North Platte Police Department has also reported to the North Platte Post that they have reason to believe the two escaped inmates that are still at large are on the run in North Platte. They are believed to be on foot.
The 2005 Chevy Venture that was stolen by the escaped inmates was recovered from the Walmart in North Platte, NE.. The Nissan Altima has not been located yet.
UPDATE: Ottawa County Sheriff Keith Coleman has reported that the inmates distracted the guards by claiming there was a water line leak in their cell. The inmates then injured three guards and threatened the 911 dispatcher. They gained entry to the main control room and escaped out of the front door.
Authorities also said a Minneapolis resident was stabbed in the face when the inmates stole his car.
None of the injuries were thought to be severe, but one person was transferred to Salina Regional Hospital.
The Ottawa County Jail in Minneapolis passed an inspection before it was allowed to house prison inmates, Department of Corrections spokesman Jeremy Barclay said. The four men who escaped were among 22 inmates transferred to the jail in January from the Ellsworth Correctional Facility.
As of Friday, there were 87 inmates being housed in county jails under contracts to help alleviate the prison’s overcrowding, Barclay said.
ORIGINAL: Four inmates escaped from the Ottawa County Jail in Minneapolis, Wednesday morning.
The Kansas Highway Patrol issued a bulletin a little before 6 AM, requesting that law enforcement across the state be on the lookout for the men who escaped shortly before 5 AM.
One of the men was apprehended, but three others are still at large.
- 22-year-old Santos Carrera – 5’9″, shaved head, goatee.
- 22-year-old Eric James – light-skinned black male, cornrows
- 21-year-old Drew Wade -shaved head, glasses
Residents of Minneapolis have been asked to lock their doors, and vehicles. USD 239 SCHOOL IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE DAY.
All of the men should be considered very dangerous and may be carrying knives. According to the Kansas Department of Corrections Offender information, Carrera was tried as an adult and convicted of two counts of first degree murder in the shooting deaths of Julio Morales and Adrian Vega in 2007, in Sedgwick County; Wade was convicted in 2009 for one count robbery and one count of aggravated burglary; James was convicted in 2008 of three counts of aggravated burglary and one count of kidnapping in commission of a crime.
All three men had recently been transferred from the Ellsworth Correctional Facility.
UPDATE: The Kansas Highway Patrol is now looking for two vehicles possibly connected with the escaped inmates. A brown or gold 2002 Nissan Altima (Tag: 649-CII), and a 2005 silver Chevy Venture van (Tag: 854-DZQ).
We will update this story as more information is released.