Texas Prison Escapees Captured

Two dangerous fugitives from justice were caught last night.

A capital murder suspect and a convicted drug offender who were the subject of a two-day multiple agency manhunt after escaping a Texas jail are back in the lockup after being cornered in a barn some 20 miles away.

Brian Allen Tucker, who is awaiting a capital murder trial, was returned to the Hopkins County Jail on Thursday along with John Marlin King. It’s the same jail in Sulphur Springs, about 75 miles northeast of Dallas, from which authorities say the two inmates fled on Tuesday.

Hopkins County sheriff’s Sgt. Brad Cummings said authorities had received dozens of reports from people who thought they had seen one or both of the fugitives.

In the end, an attempt to pawn jewelry left in a vehicle the men allegedly stole in Sulphur Springs is what led authorities to their Cooper hideout, Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith said. A Cooper pawn shop clerk’s report led officers to the person with the jewelry, who revealed the whereabouts of Tucker and King, Smith said.




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