Arkansas inmate escapes prison for third time

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A man serving a 10-year sentence on theft and weapons charges escaped from an Arkansas county jail on Wednesday, authorities said. It was the third time in less than two years that the inmate had escaped from law enforcement agencies.

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According to a news release from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Jeromy Call, 38, of Bokoshe, Oklahoma, escaped from the Crawford County Detention Center through a duct vent at about 2:30 a.m. CST, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

Call pleaded guilty to theft by receiving and possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with an incident in August 2020, according to KLRT-TV. He was sentenced in Crawford County Circuit Court to 10 years in jail on the theft charge, the television station reported. He also was given a six-year suspended sentence for the firearms charge.

Call was awaiting transfer to the Arkansas Department of Corrections after being sentenced in September, KFSM-TV reported.

Call previously escaped from the LeFlore County Detention Center in Poteau, Oklahoma on Oct. 29, 2021, KNWA-TV reported. Call and another inmate led law enforcement on a three-day search and was found in Washington County, about 80 miles north of the prison, KFSM reported.

LeFlore County Sheriff Rodney Derryberry told the television station that Call had originally escaped from the LeFlore County Detention Center in February 2021 when he was being held for multiple counts of felony burglaries.

In its news release, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office said that Call did not have a violent history, but advised residents not to engage with him.

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