DALE, OK — With Oklahoma residents on alert for four inmates who escaped Lincoln County Jail on June 12, two fishermen saw something fishy in the woods last night and called police. In fact, the citizens held down the fugitives themselves.
Pottawatomie deputies raced to the scene and took the two escapees in custody — Jeremy Irvin, originally charged with murder, and Trey Goodnight, originally charged with property crimes before they made their brazen escape through the jail's ventilation system.
The recapture of Irvin and Goodnight was made possible through the combined efforts of mass awareness, the bold response by vigilant citizens and the prompt response by law enforcement. Certainly the police helicopter's abilities to locate the individuals through the darkness in a remote and heavily wooded area outside Dale also helped.
The other two inmates who escaped, Sonny Baker and Brian Moody, are still at large. Interestingly enough, this was their second successful jailbreak from the same jail by the same means — through the ventilation system back in March.
UPDATE JUNE 15, 2017: Baker and Moody were found and are now back in custody. Perhaps security will tighten up to decrease the likelihood of them escaping for a third time.