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Arkansas murder suspect who escaped jail through ceiling hole captured days after fellow escapee caught

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A murder suspect who escaped from a prison in Arkansas through a hole in the ceiling with another detainee was rearrested days after his fellow escapee was arrested, authorities announced Monday.

Jatonia Bryant, 23, was killed in Pine Bluff shortly after 11 a.m. when officers conducting surveillance in the area spotted a fugitive on foot, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. He was found and arrested without incident.

Bryant and fellow detainee Noah Rausch, 22, were found missing on Jan. 22 at the Dove Brussell Adult Detention Center in Pine Bluff.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, two suspects escaped from the jail on January 20 by cutting a hole in the shower area.

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Jatonia Bryant, 23, who was being held on a secret murder charge, was rearrested Monday in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. (Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office)

“They were able to get out of the shower area by cutting a hole in the ceiling, and through that hole they cut a hole in the roof of the facility and exited from there,” said Maj. John Bean. Last week’s FOX News Digital.

Bryant was being held on presumptive murder in connection with a 2023 shooting, authorities said. Rausch was being held on suspicion of burglary and theft of property.

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Noah Rausch (left) and Jatonia Bryant were both returned to a prison facility in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. (Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office)

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Rausch was arrested Thursday after police found the fugitive hiding in an abandoned house. Both Bryant and Rausch were returned to prison.

Prison in Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Dove Brussell Adult Detention Center in Pine Bluff. The prisoners were detained before their escape. (Google Maps)

The sheriff’s office said Monday that an internal investigation found that two detainees were able to leave with 36 hours to spare before being found missing because jail staff did not conduct accurate head counts. Announced.

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The sheriff’s office said it also plans to file criminal charges against Bryant and those who assisted Rausch.

FOX News’ Greg Norman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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