By Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - Authorities say residents of Pilot Station helped them catch two men who escaped following an armed jailbreak.

Alaska State Troopers say 22-year-old Dale Fancyboy went into the Pilot Station Jail armed with a shotgun Jan. 5 when he held up the unarmed guard and removed two prisoners, 19-year-old Thomas Heckman and 22-year-old Dion Joseph. Both men were booked on suspicion of theft, burglary and assault, KYUK-AM reported (

While leaving, troopers said, Fancyboy also threatened two Village Police Officers who had just arrived.

Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said a group of villagers later found Fancyboy and brought him to the jail. But the two other men involved had not yet been caught.

“We had troopers fly out yesterday morning, to go and search the village for the two escapees that Fancyboy helped break out,” Peters said. “We weren’t able to find them right away, but one of the family members showed up at the jail with the two escapees, and turned them over to troopers.”

The men were taken back into custody. All three suspects were transported to the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center.


Information from: KYUK-AM,

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