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Alleged Killers Sought After Jail Break

Miller County Sheriff's Office(MILLER COUNTY, Ark.) -- Two alleged killers who broke out of an Arkansas jail early Monday morning are the subject of a manhunt Tuesday.

Sheriff's officers in Miller County, Ark., are hunting for Quincy Vernard Stewart, 36, and Cortez Rashod Hooper, 23, who used blades from a hacksaw to saw off three bars of a jail window and escape sometime between 3:15 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. Monday.

The pair rammed through a glass window and used a mattress cover tied to some of the bars to lower themselves closer to the ground before jumping. They then made it through two fences, one topped with razor wire, and crawled under the other before running into the woods, Chief Dep. Duke Schofield.

Hooper was being held on first-degree murder charges and Stewart capital murder, reportedly in another county.

Schofield said that police dogs tracked the scent of the two men through the woods and to the highway, where the dogs lost them and police believe the men were picked up by a vehicle. Jail uniforms were found in the street up the road, with no scent trail around them, leading investigators to speculate that one of the men dropped the uniform out of the vehicle.

Police are combing through addresses and phone numbers of the men's family and friends, including acquaintances they might have known "from past adventures out in the streets," Schofield said.

They are also investigating how the men obtained the hacksaw blades.

"Somebody got the hacksaw blades to them, and we don't know if they were handed off during a transport, or during a court appearance, or what, but there is an internal investigation into that and we think we know. We're just trying to get enough proof," Schofield said.

The men were checked on by police guards at 3:15 a.m., but were discovered missing during the next round of checks at 4:30 a.m., he said.

Police believe they are still in the Texarkana area on the border of Arkansas and Texas.

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Escaped Inmate on Crime Spree in Arkansas

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(POCAHONTAS, Ark.) -- An inmate who escaped from custody four days ago is on a crime spree in Pocahontas, Ark., where police say he stole an officer's gun, threatened the cop's wife and shot his dog.

James Lundry, 39, who was being held on felony charges of improperly using food stamps, escaped from a work detail with other inmates during a lunch break on Friday, stealing a vehicle and heading to Pocahontas, according to Pocahontas Police Chief Cecil Tackett.

Since Friday, police and civilians have had multiple run-ins with Lundry, who has previously been arrested multiple times in Pocahontas on misdemeanor charges.  Lundry is now considered armed and very dangerous, Tackett said.

On Sunday, a caretaker of an abandoned house in the town found Lundry squatting inside, and told police it seemed he had been there for a couple of days.  Police used scent-tracking dogs to follow Lundry's path from a back window to a parked vehicle.  Police believe he entered the vehicle and left, leaving behind stolen items.

Around 11 p.m. Sunday night, Lundry entered the home of a police officer who was on duty elsewhere in the town, and took a .40 caliber Glock pistol, ammunition and a tactical ballistics vest, Tackett said.  He then confronted the officer's wife at the house, and brandished the gun at her before firing three rounds into and killing the couple's pet Pit Bull.

Lundry escaped using a vehicle he had stolen at a local funeral home, police said.

A helicopter with heat-seeking technology and scent dogs on the ground were used Sunday night to track Lundry after he fled the officer's house.  But the helicopter was forced to land after only minutes because of weather problems, Tackett said.

Police are searching abandoned properties and guarding parts of the town in preparation for an expected run-in, Tackett noted.

Lundry is 5'11", weighs 140 pounds, and has multiple tattoos on both of his arms and a teardrop tattoo below his right eye.  Police are searching for a Pontiac Montana minivan that he may be driving.

Lundry now faces a bevy of felony charges from the crime spree, Tackett said. 

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Runaway Baboon Found in New Jersey

John Foxx/Thinkstock (File Photo)(HOWELL, N.J.) -- A runaway baboon on the loose in the Garden State since last week has been captured.

The baboon was found on a farm near Fairfield and Merrick Roads in Howell, N.J. around 2:40 p.m. on Saturday. He appeared unharmed, according to New York ABC News affiliate WABC-TV.

Officials at Six Flags Great Adventure believe the baboon belongs to the amusement park's Monkey Jungle.

The baboon was tranquilized and brought to the park for a physical exam and health assessment.

All of the park's baboons are vaccinated and microchipped, but are not counted every night because they sleep outside in a large enclosure, Great Adventure spokeswoman Kristin Siebeneicher told the Asbury Park Press.

The Monkey Jungle is home to 150 baboons and it would be difficult to determine if one is missing, she said.

Although the animal in question did not have a microchip, Great Adventure officials said it felt confident it is the baboon escaped from the park.

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