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Hopkins Co. residents relieved escaped inmates captured without incident

Brian Allen Tucker and John Marlin King. (Source: Hopkins County Sheriff's Office) Brian Allen Tucker and John Marlin King. (Source: Hopkins County Sheriff's Office)
The stolen Saturn Vue is returned to the sheriff's office The stolen Saturn Vue is returned to the sheriff's office
Charles Ensey Charles Ensey

Brian Tucker and John King, the two men who escaped from the Hopkins County Jail, were arraigned Friday morning.

The dangerous inmates who had been on the run for more than 48 hours were arrested Thursday evening. Tucker and King escaped from the Hopkins County Jail around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Just before 5:00 p.m. Thursday, the U.S. Marshals Service moved in on a barn in Cooper. That's in Delta County about 20 miles north of Sulphur Springs. Inside, authorities found and arrested the two escapees. Two other people in Delta County were also arrested for aiding these fugitives.

After three days of following up on tips, the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office finally got the golden phone call. Jody Johnson saw Brian Tucker and John King driving around noon Thursday heading towards Paris.

"I followed them for a few minutes and thought I wonder if that's them, when I got home I called police." Johnson says the black Saturn Vue was going at high speeds. "After about five minutes, they sped off and passed the car ahead of them and they were going like a high rate of speed like ninety to nothing."

Within an hour of getting Johnson's tip, authorities were able to locate Tucker and King. The Delta County Sheriff's Office got a tip from a pawn shop, saying a man was trying to pawn jewelry. The person who tried to pawn the jewelry told them where the fugitives were hiding, then left in the stolen vehicle the two were driving.

Sheriff Butch Adams says that tip let them straight to a barn door.

"We got information from Commerce that lead us to Cooper, Texas where we were able to locate the subjects in a barn behind a residence as you go into Cooper, Texas," said Sheriff Adams.

Adams believes the men were surprised to see authorities. And by watching video taken from an employee of a gas station nearby, Cooper residents were surprised too.

Gas station clerk Harman Singh said, "There was actually people like pulling into the gas station parking lot just to watch what was going on last night outside. It was like a big show going on."

"I was just full of tears because I was like, yes they're gone!" said Kali Sharpton.

Two residents from the house on the same property as the barn were arrested for their role in helping the inmates stay at large. One of them has been released. Charles Ensey, 62, remains in jail and is charged with two counts of hindering apprehension, a third degree felony. Ensey's father was also arrested, but was released after police say he had no part in hiding the escapees.

East Texans all around can now feel relieved, that Tucker and King are back in jail.

"I'm glad they got them, you know, I'm glad that was them. I was just praying they would get them and they got them," said Jody Johnson.

Tucker remains in the Hopkins County Jail under tight security. King has been transferred to the Texas Department of Corrections' Gurney Unit in Anderson County. A bench warrant will transfer him back to Hopkins County when his trial begins.

The sheriff says Friday's arraignment for Tucker and King was for previous charges as well as a slew of new ones connected to the escape.

Tucker's bond is set at $1.5 million and King's bonds total over $500,000. However, there is a "no-bond" set for Tucker and King, so even if they provided the full bond amount, they would not be released due to the parole violations.

Hopkins County Sheriff's Office Brad Cummings said that no defects were found in the fence prior to the escape. The hole that the inmates escaped through was self-created.

"There have been reviews of policies and procedures to maintain the security of the jail and to prevent this from happening in the future," said Cummings. "Due to security reasons, we can't go into specifics. But we are evaluating policies and as soon as the investigation into the escape is over, we can delve deeper and make sure this never happens again."

The Hopkins County Sheriff's Office extended thanks to everyone involved in capturing the fugitives, including U.S. Marshals, Department of Public Safety officers, Texas Rangers, the surrounding counties, TDCJ, Blacklands Railroad and all the other agencies that lent a hand. The sheriff's office also thanked the people that supplied the search teams with food and everyone that helped behind the scenes. 

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