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UPDATE: Two Lansing Escapees Face Several New Charges In Missouri

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UPDATE: Saturday May, 11, 2013

Two inmates who fled a Kansas prison face several charges in Missouri, including trying to kidnap the mayor of the small town where they were eventually captured.

Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said Saturday that 31-year-old Allen Hurst and 49-year-old Scott Gilbert are charged with 12 felonies after escaping from the minimum-security unit at the Lansing, Kan., Correction Facility on Friday.

Zahnd says Gilbert and Hurst stopped their stolen car briefly during a pursuit with police and pointed a gun at Edgerton Mayor James Snook Jr., who was watching the chase.

The men ordered Snook to get in the car, but he refused and safely fled the area.

A third inmate who escaped with Hurst and Gilbert was arrested Friday night in Kansas.

UPDATE: Friday, May 10, 2013

All three inmates who escaped from the Lansing Correctional Facility Friday morning are now back in custody.

Randy Ridens, Sr., was arrested late Friday night in Topeka.

The other two escaped inmates, Allen Hurst and Scott Gilbert, surrendered Friday afternoon following an hours-long standoff at a home in Platte County, Mo.

Hurst and Glibert were both serving time for 2010 burglary and theft convictions in Sedgwick County. Ridens was in prison after 2010 convictions for burglaries and thefts in Douglas and Shawnee Counties.

UPDATE: Friday, May 10, 2013

Two of three inmates who walked away from a northeast Kansas prison are in custody in northwest Missouri.

The Platte County Sheriff's Office says the men emerged from a rural home late Friday afternoon after hours of negotiations.

Capt. Erik Holland says 31-year-old Allen M. Hurst and 49-year-old Scott A. Gilbert walked out from under a back deck and surrendered without incident.

The pair had holed up in the house Friday morning, sometime after escaping Lansing Correctional Facility in Kansas early Friday.

The whereabouts of the third escaped inmate, 57-year-old Randy A. Ridens Sr., remain unknown.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Three inmates who walked away from a Kansas prison are holed up in a northwest Missouri home.

Kansas Department of Corrections spokesman Jeremy Barclay says the inmates escaped early Friday from the minimum security unit at the Lansing Correctional Facility. He says they ran into a home in Platte County, Mo., on Friday.

No shots have been fired. Area TV broadcasts show lines of police cars surrounding the home in a rural area near Edgerton.

The escaped inmates are 31-year-old Allen M. Hurst, 49-year-old Scott A. Gilbert and 57-year-old Randy A. Ridens Sr. They were in prison for burglary and theft convictions.

North Platte R-1 School District Superintendent Jeff Sumy says the district was asked to keep students inside at an Edgerton school.

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Authorities in northeast Kansas are looking for three men who escaped from a Kansas City-area prison Friday morning.

Shortly before 8 a.m., it was discovered that three minimum custody inmates housed at the Lansing Correctional Facility had escaped. Officers are currently searching for the men, two of whom are serving time for Sedgwick County convictions.

The first is 31-year-old Allen M. Hurst. He's described as a white man, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighs approximately 220 pounds, and has blue eyes and brown hair. He was serving time after being convicted in a 2010 Sedgwick County case for multiple counts of burglary and theft.

The second is 49-year-old Scott A. Gilbert. He's a white man, about 6 feet, 2 inches tall, weighs about 230 pounds, and has brown eyes and brown hair. He was also convicted in a 2010 Sedgwick County case involving multiple counts of theft and burglary.

The other escapee is 57-year-old Randy A. Ridens, Sr. He's described as a white man, 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighs around 230 pounds, with brown eyes and gray hair. He had been sentenced in 2010 for burglary and multiple counts of burglary in Shawnee and Douglas Counties.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at (800) 572-7463 or the Lansing Correctional Facility at (913) 727-3235. Officials say the men should be considered armed and dangerous.


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