One Mississippi County Inmate Escapee Recaptured in Liberal, KS
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. - 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.