Law enforcement officials are investigating how two inmates escaped from the Dixon City Jail late Sunday night and their possible involvement in a home robbery in the Crocker area early Monday morning.
According to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, both escapees were found Monday morning and have been taken into custody.
One of the individuals who escaped has been identified as Brandon Kelley Monell, 23, of Crocker. Monell was taken into custody around 9:47 a.m. Monday by Pulaski County sheriff’s deputies at a residence south of Crocker. Monell was being held in jail on a charge of statutory rape.
The other inmate, Joseph Clayton Esparza, 23, of Devils Elbow, was located in an abandoned house and was taken into custody around 3:29 a.m. Monday.
The Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office has filed charges against both Monell and Esparza Monday for escape from confinement, a class D felony, and burglary in the first degree, a class B felony.
The bond on both Monell and Esparza was set at $100,000 and they are both now held in the Pulaski County Jail.
According to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, an investigation at the Dixon City Jail indicated that the two suspects had escaped from the building at 11:18 p.m. Sunday, while a third inmate distracted the on-duty dispatcher.
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office was notified by Dixon police around 2:34 a.m. Monday that the two inmates had escaped.
At 3:07 a.m. Monday, the sheriff’s office had been advised that a robbery had occurred in the 18000 block of Burlington Road in the Crocker area.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene and the occupants of the residence identified the suspects as the escaped inmates from Dixon.
At this time the investigation into the circumstances of the escape from the Dixon City Jail and the robbery on Burlington Road are continuing.