Inmates Flee Jail: Texas Prisoners Brian Allen Tucker, John Marlin King Escape Jail In Nothing But Underwear?

By iScienceTimes Staff on April 2, 2013 3:29 PM EDT

Brian Allen Tucker
Tucker was being held on $1 million bond in the 2011 death of Bobby Riley of Mahoney, who was found strangled in his home with some music instruments and firearms having been stolen. Jury selection in Tucker's murder trial was set to begin June 3. (Photo: Reuters)

When inmates flee jail, it's serious, but when they flee jail in nothing but underwear, it's hard not to at least chuckle a bit.

Two Texas prisoners - one an inmate suspected of strangling a man with shoelaces and another suspected of burglary - escaped from the Hopkins County Jail on Tuesday around 8 a.m., sparking a manhunt involving dogs and a helicopter for what authorities described as two dangerous fugitives, possibly wearing nothing but their underwear, according to reports.

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"They squeezed their way through the fence somehow," said Sergeant Brad Cummings, a spokesman for the Hopkins County Sheriff's office in Sulphur Springs, Texas, about 75 miles northeast of Dallas. In fact, dispatcher Beth Renfro said that a maintenance person noticed a problem with a fence around a recreation yard used by female inmates at the jail.

The inmates, Brian Allen Tucker, 44, and John Marlin King, 39, fled the county jail recreation yard and their black-and-white prison uniforms were later found on rail tracks a short distance east of the jail The Associated Press reported. Tucker was awaiting trial for capital murder stemming from the 2011 killing of an acquaintance, 63-year-old Bobby Riley, who was strangled with shoelaces before being robbed of musical instruments and firearms. King is a burglary suspect in another case unrelated to the shoelace killing and was also being held on evading arrest and possession of a controlled substance.

"Officers were notified that the two subjects had left the jail, and we immediately set up a command post and notified all surrounding agencies, and all schools within our county are on lockdown," Cummings said. "We do not know if they have weapons of any kind at this point, but they should be considered extremely dangerous."

Since the men discarded their jail uniforms, Cummings also said they may have fled with nothing but their prison-issued underwear - white T-shirts and boxer shorts - to protect them from the elements.

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