(Neb)-Rushville Jail Escapee Captured
RUSHVILLE - One of two men who escaped from the Sheridan County jail in Rushville in March has been captured on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Sheridan County Attorney Jamian Simmons says 26 year old Hijinio Garnette of Gordon was arrested by U-S Marshalls and BIA officers at a residence in Kyle last Thursday, May 31, on an Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution warrant.
Such warrants are issued by federal judges under the federal Fugitive Felon Act for individuals charged with a felony in one jurisdiction, but who fled to another jurisdiction to avoid prosecution.
Simmons says she and Sheriff Terry Robbins requested the assistance of the U.S. Attorney's office in getting warrants for both Garnette and 23-year old fellow escapee Esdon Haukass of Mission, S.D., after gathering what she calls "sufficient credible evidence." Simmons has no information on the current whereabouts of Haukass.
She gives no details on what led to the discovery of Garnette in Kyle or on the arrest itself, saying only that he had been taken to Rapid City and was being extradited to Nebraska today with his first court appearance next Thursday, June 14, on charges of Escape and Theft by Unlawful Taking.
Garnette and 23-year old Haukass are accused of overpowering a jailer to reach the jail dispatch office where they climbed through a window and fled.
Simmons says the escape was apparently planned with a car waiting for the pair in the alley behind the jail. Witnesses reported seeing both men in the Rushville area a few hours later and the pair is thought responsible for the theft of a car in Rushville that was found later in Rosebud, SD.
At the time of the escape, Garnette was awaiting sentencing on 2 convictions for failure to appear while Haukass was being held on a Grant County warrant for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.
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