Search continues for Hopkins Co. escapees

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SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX - Two inmates, including one awaiting trail for capital murder escaped an East Texas jail Tuesday.

The Hopkins County Sheriff's Office says Brian Allen Tucker of Sulphur Springs and John Marlin King of Cumby escaped Tuesday morning.

Sheriff Butch Adams says the two escapees ditched their jail uniforms on railroad tracks, a short distance east of the jail. Tracking the inmates started there.

"They started where we found the uniforms and have tracked it north east into a pile of brush." said Sheriff Butch Adams. "That's where the dogs keep hitting on and from what I understand they have found another scent from there that they were still going north east."

The radius of the search is two to three miles around the jail and an area 2-3 miles north east of the facility.

Several local and state authorities are helping search for the escapees using several helicopters, dogs from a local prison and officers on foot and horseback.

Local schools were put on lock down and parents either had to pick up their kids at school or meet them at the bus stop.

"It's kind of scary we got a little girl here now and she's 8 months and I was out work and so I came back over here." said Jordan, a Sulphur Springs resident.

Chief Deputy Alvin Jordan cautions the public, both men are considered extremely dangerous.

" If you see them be sure to not approach them go ahead and call 911 lets us know you have spotted them." said Alvin Jordan.

Tucker has been jailed since May 2011 and is awaiting trial for capital murder and King was sentenced just yesterday to 40-years for evading arrest, burglary and drug possession.

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