BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana authorities believe two other people helped three inmates escape from the Big Horn County Detention Facility, deputies said.
The inmates lured the only on-duty detention officer into a cell, assaulted him and took his keys, the Billings Gazette reported Thursday.
The details of the escape were not previously released but were included in criminal complaints filed Thursday against two of the three escapees, the newspaper said.
Anthony Castro and Stephen Caplett were arrested and booked into jail this week after escaping, authorities said, adding that the third man, Andrew Parham, has not yet been found.
Parham is suspected of calling another man earlier on the day of the escape and arranging for him to pick up the inmates that night in a parking lot across the street from the jail, according to the complaint.
The driver was arrested Wednesday in Hardin and charged with felony obstruction of justice, Deputy Big Horn County Attorney Randen Schoppe said.
The criminal complaint also describes how another inmate let out other prisoners during the escape. Jail cameras were covered and light fixtures were destroyed during the effort.
Yellowstone County sheriff’s office and other law enforcement agencies were called to the jail to regain control of the inmates. No one was injured.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Parham was encouraged to contact local authorities.
The charges related to the men’s escape will take precedence over any misdemeanor charges being considered in connection with their arrest in Yellowstone County.
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