Escaped Ark. inmates may have hid blade in folder

Authorities are investigating whether two escaped murder suspects may have been slipped a hacksaw thin enough to conceal inside the folders


By Suzi Parker
Reuters via The Chicago Tribune

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Authorities in Arkansas are investigating whether two escaped murder suspects may have been slipped a hacksaw thin enough to conceal inside the folders that inmates carry to court hearings and that law enforcement officials are not allowed to inspect.

That is one theory being examined as part of an investigation that also involves a look at whether any sheriff's office employees were involved in the Monday jail escape, Miller County Sheriff Ron Stovall said Friday.

Authorities are also evaluating new safety procedures including the transporting of inmates, Stovall said.

Quincy Vernard Stewart, 36, and his cellmate Cortez Rashod Hooper, 23, were caught on Thursday night less than two miles from the Miller County Sheriff's Detention Center in Texarkana, Ark. Authorities are investigating how Charlene Stewart, the mother of one of the inmates, managed to slip a hacksaw to her son.

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