UPDATED: Freedom Short-Lived For Escaped Prisoners

John Butler

Updated: 11:00 a.m.

PETTIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) — All three escaped prisoners from Pettis County, Missouri are back in custody.

The Sheriff’s department tells KMOX all three were caught in Howard County.

The two men and one woman overpowered a deputy this morning in Sedalia and stole his vehicle.

There were concerns they were heading to the St. Louis area.

PETTIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) –  They overpowered a sheriff’s deputy and took off in his squad car, but two of three prisoners who broke free from custody in Pettis County early Thursday morning are back in custody.

It was believed the escapees were headed toward the St. Louis area after they crossed the Missouri River Bridge.

However, they were reportedly captured in Howard County, a short distance to the east of Pettis County, which is located about halfway between Columbia and Kansas City.

One of the three suspects was reportedly still at large as of mid-morning.

No word on the circumstances surrounding their capture have yet been released.


There’s an all-points-bulletin for three escaped prisoners.

They broke free from custody this morning after overpowering a deputy who was transporting them back to their cells.

The suspects took his patrol car and weapons and struck out east on I-70 from Pettis County, which is located halfway between Kansas City and Columbia.

“It’s going to be a late-model, fully-marked blue (Ford Crown Victoria),” Corporal Vicky Hausman with the Pettis County sheriff’s department tells KMOX News. “It’s also got ‘Trans 3’ on the license plate.”

It’s believed to be occupied by three people, two while males and a white female.

All three are considered to be armed and dangerous, and there were weapons in the patrol car.

The last known location of the suspects and the Pettis County Sheriff’s vehicle was eastbound from the Missouri River Bridge on I-70.

Anyone who spots the vehicle is urged to contact 9-1-1 right away.


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