Escaped murderer captured

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Updated: 8/07/2013 1:23 am Published: 8/06/2013 10:35 pm

In a FOX23 exclusive we've learned how two inmates escaped from an Adair County jail cell.

Adair County Sheriff David Hardin says Locust and Mark Pack stood on the bunk beds and pushed on the metal tile ceilings every night until the two were able to climb into the ceiling.

FOX23 the only news organization to receive a picture of the escaped convicted murderer, Carlos Locust, as he was taken into custody Monday night.

"When I went out to talk to the family I made them a promise that no one would get hurt," said Hardin.
He told FOX23's Dontaye Carter he stayed in contact with the Locust family Monday trying to convince them to tell Carlos Locust to turn himself in.

"If he is to get out of this county, out of this state you don't know how another agency would treat him, when you pull out an NCIS on someone and it says they're possibly armed and extremely dangerous," said Hardin. "Extremely dangerous and convicted of murder, you take the kid gloves off."

Sheriff Hardin is shifting gears towards getting more training for staff and keeping this from happening again.
He also said, "The policies are you have to have at least two jailers to enter a pod and you have to have a third jailer to stand by in case there's trouble."

However, the jailer went to check it out by himself and he was overpowered by Locust and Mark Pack.

"He's a pretty violent fella," said a man who lives with the mother of the inmate.

He didn't want to identify himself but did want to explain what happened the night he says Locust almost killed him.

"He was beating the **** out of his mom," said the man. "He was beating her in the head. I got up and stopped him. Then he got on me and if it hadn't been for my son he would've killed me."

He says locust mom works for him and he's seen the troubled man going in and out of jail over the years. He told me he watched the inmate's mother run off to find Locust. We're told she convince the inmate to turn himself in.

"I hated he done that because he's just going to add more time to his sentence. He had 30 years," he said.

Hardin says Locust told him he escaped because he wanted to see his grandmother again.

The sheriff says to keep a better eye on the metal ceiling tile, he'll have his maintenance crews making more trips around the jail and observing to see if the metal tiles are bent or pushed in at all.

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