Two Escape Hopkins County Jail

Nine schools in Sulphur Springs locked down during search

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    The hunt continues for Brian Allen Tucker and John Marlin King, the men escaped from the Hopkins County jail Tuesday morning. (Published Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013)

    A manhunt is under way for two prisoners, including one awaiting trial on a capital murder charge, who escaped from the Hopkins County Jail on Tuesday morning.

    Police are looking for Brian Allen Tucker, 44, of Sulphur Springs, and John Marlin King, 39, of Cumby.

    Search Continues for Jail Escapees

    [DFW] Search Continues for Jail Escapees
    The hunt continues for Brian Allen Tucker and John Marlin King, the men escaped from the Hopkins County jail Tuesday morning. (Published Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013)

    NBC 5 has learned the pair squeezed through a gate and headed east before shedding their prison clothing near railroad tracks behind the sheriff's office. Police said they believe the men are wearing white T-shirts and white boxer shorts.

    Police urge anyone living in the area to be on high guard and look for anything out of the ordinary since the men may be looking for clothing. Police advice if you see the two men to not let them approach and call 911.

    Authorities Are Looking for 2 Escaped Inmates in Hopkins County

    [DFW] Authorities Are Looking for 2 Escaped Inmates in Hopkins County
    The Hopkins County Sheriff's Office said 44-year-old Brian Allen Tucker of Sulphur Springs and 39-year-old John Marlin King of Cumby escaped from the Hopkins County Jail on Tuesday morning. (Published Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013)

    Deputy Alvin Jordan said sheriff's deputies were searching nearby woods and had set up a perimeter around where the men are believed to be hiding. Police used dogs on the ground and searched by helicopter for the escapees.

    Jordan said there was one possible sighting of a man in a white T-shirt and boxers going over a fence in the area.

    Hopkins County Sheriff Butch Adams told NBC 5 that the jail has a lot of maintenance issues and that the jail is a little overcrowded. He added that officials are contacting anyone in the area who might know the men.

    Adams also said that the search led them to a brush pile northeast of the jail where footprints were found, but there is still no sign of Tucker or King.

    NBC 5's Eric King Reports From Escapee Search

    [UGCDFW-CJ-VID-Default] NBC 5's Eric King Reports From Escapee Search
    NBC 5's Eric King files a quick report from the search for escapees Brian Allen Tucker and John Marlin King from the Hopkins County jail. (Published Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013)

    Tucker was being held on $1 million bond in the 2011 death of Bobby Riley of Mahoney. Riley was strangled in his home and some musical instruments and firearms had been stolen.

    King was being held on an evading arrest charge and was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Monday for a probation violation.

    NBC 5 Follows Search Team

    [UGCDFW-CJ-VID-Default] NBC 5 Follows Search Team
    NBC 5's Eric King and a photojournalist follow a search team and learn about the perimeter set up in the search for Hopkins County jail escapees Brian Allen Tucker and John Marlin King. (Published Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013)

    On Tuesday night, authorities using an infrared camera, picked up to a source of heat in a wooded area. A SWAT team moved in, but did not find anyone.

    Authorities will continue to monitor roads and keep patrols out searching for the escapees.

    Nine schools in Sulphur Springs, as well as the airport, were locked down during the search for the pair. Campuses were dismissed at 3:15, but school officials said no children would be allowed to walk home. Students who regularly walk home were held at school until their parents picked them up.

    Students on bus routes 2, 13, 18, 46 and 60 must be met by parents at the bus stop. Parents were contacted about the dismissal plans, with the children of those who couldn't be reached kept at school. School practices and activities continued on their regular schedules.

    NBC 5's Eric King and Ray Villeda contributed to this report.