Two McDonald County Jail inmates are accused of breaking out of jail and back into it Tuesday night, Sheriff Robert Evenson said. The two left the jail to buy meth.
Two McDonald County Jail inmates are accused of breaking out of jail and back into it Tuesday night.
Eric Bishop, 26, of Rogers, Ark., and Justin Forcum, 26, Anderson, Mo., are back in custody today, albeit in different jails and in different counties. The two escaped from the McDonald County Jail about 11 p.m. Tuesday, breaking out by punching out a ceiling panel, then knocking a hole in the metal siding of the building, Sheriff Robert Evenson said. The two left the jail to buy meth.
“The night before last, jail staff heard something in the ceiling,” Evenson said. “The evening sergeant/supervisor discovered a hole on the outside of one of the pods.”
Evenson said the pair made it back into the jail and were present when jailers conducted an inmate count.
“There was a little bit of confusion,” the sheriff said. “Here, we had evidence of an escape — there were footprints down the roof — but we were not missing anybody.”
However, once deputies viewed video evidence collected from cameras located at a nearby school, they were able to find out what happened. The two were seen on the video footage.
Evenson said the pair also stole a truck in Pineville, then later set it on fire.
Bishop was in jail on theft, property damage and possession of burglary tools, while Forcum was incarcerated on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
“Bishop would have been done with the charges in McDonald County yesterday,” Evenson said. “He didn’t know that.”
The pair will now face additional charges, including escape and property damage. They could also likely face charges in connection with the vehicle theft and fire.
Forcum has since been transferred to the Barry County Jail.
“Neither one are in a cellblock that resembles a barracks more than a jail,” Evenson said. “They are not having much freedom or opportunity to continue with their previous activities.”
Evenson said repairs to the jail have begun.
Evenson said it’s likely the pair returned to the jail to avoid a charge of escape, which carries a mandatory five-year prison sentence.