7 inmates escape Mo. jail after attacking COs; 1 still at large
The 7 inmates punched two correctional officers and knocked them unconscious after putting them in chokeholds
By Muri Assunção
New York Daily News
CASSVILLE, Mo. — Seven inmates escaped from a Missouri county jail late on Thursday after what authorities described as a “violent escape” that left “two jailers injured.”
Six of them have since been recaptured and taken into custody, the Barry County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement early Friday morning.
Mario Che-Tiul, a 34-year-old man being held on incest and first-degree child molestation, is still missing. Authorities say he should be considered armed and dangerous.
The escape happened Thursday just after 11 p.m. The men punched two correctional officers and knocked them unconscious after putting them in chokeholds, Barry County Sheriff Danny Boyd told local television station KLOR-TV.
One of the officers suffered a concussion, he said.
A third officer who witnessed the assault was able to call for backup, Boyd added.
All seven men were being held on charges of sexual offenses against children.
Of the six men who are already back in jail, three of them were found in Cassville, the county seat of Barry County, just minutes after the escape.
Two men called authorities and requested to be picked up. The other man, Alex Agan, was turned over to authorities by his family.
Sheriff Boyd said the Missouri Highway Patrol is using a helicopter to locate Che-Tiul, according to KYTV, the NBC affiliate in Springfield, Missouri.
Residents are encouraged to call 911 immediately if they see Che-Tiul. “Do not approach [him],” authorities said.