On Wednesday, November 30, 2011, PCSO deputies, including a K-9 team, and detectives and agents assigned to the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (FRFTF) apprehended three men wanted for escaping the Craighead County Jail in Jonesboro, Arkansas last week (November 23rd).
Earlier on Wednesday (November 30th) the U.S. Marshals Service in Arkansas contacted the FRFTF and informed them that the suspects, Zachary Dunn, DOB 8/21/1987, of 185 2nd Street in Reyno, Arkansas; Jason Brown, DOB 3/7/1988, of 402 Gee Road in Jonesboro, Arkansas; and Korey Kitchen, DOB 10/21/1989, of 495 CR 319 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, were believed to be in the Polk County, Florida area, possibly at a relative's home in Auburndale. The men were also suspected of vehicle theft, an armed business robbery, and a high-speed pursuit after their prison escape.
Based on this information and other leads, late last evening, PCSO deputies, with a back-up helicopter and K-9 Unit, went to the 21 Palms Resort mobile home park in Auburndale to locate the men. While deputies were en-route, the PCSO helicopter reported seeing three men walk out of the mobile home park and stand alongside the road. As the deputies in patrol cars approached the men, two of them (Dunn and Brown) fled on foot -- Kitchen surrendered immediately.
PCSO deputies gave the two who fled several commands to stop and surrender. PCSO K-9 Deputy Sheriff Jody Gill then released his canine partner Shea, who quickly apprehended Jason Brown. Upon Brown's apprehension, Dunn surrendered, stating he did not want to get bitten by the dog. Brown was taken to Winter Haven Hospital to be treated for the puncture wounds to his leg.
All three have been booked into the Polk County Jail. They have each been charged with Escape, Fugitive From Justice and are on hold for Arkansas, and possibly face charges in four other states as a result of their week-long crime spree.