Arkansas Work Release Escapee Captured In Liberal

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Sunday, July 19, 2012

Two escapees from an Arkansas Department of Correction work-release center have been recaptured.

Department spokeswoman Shea Wilson said Saturday that 46-year-old Danny Rankins was recaptured Saturday in Liberal, Kansas and 42-year-old John Laxton Junior was arrested Friday night between Loveland and Denver, Colorado.

Wilson did not have details of the arrests - but said both were taken into custody without incident after being spotted on various store videos in Oklahoma.

Wilson says investigators believe the two were picked up from separate work-release sites in Blytheville on July 18th by a woman. Wilson said a woman with Laxton when he was arrested was also arrested - but has not been charged.

Laxton was serving a 20-year sentence for theft while Rankins was serving a 20-year term for drug convictions.

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