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Hopkins County Jail Escapees Caught In Cooper, Texas

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FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) - CBS 11 has confirmed through the Delta County Sheriff’s Department both Hopkins County jail escapees were apprehended in Cooper, Texas.  Cooper is a little more than 20 miles from Sulphur Springs, where the men escaped jail on Tuesday morning. Hopkins County Sgt. Brad Cummings tells CBS 11’s Andrea Lucia that he has been asked to prepare a statement about the fugitives. Meanwhile, Cbs 11’s Bud Gillett, who is at the Hopkins County jail, says the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is clearing out its sallyport.

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SULPHUR SPRINGS (CBSDFW.COM) – One of the two prisoners, who broke out of the Hopkins County Jail on Tuesday morning, has been placed on the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive list and a $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the capture of Brian Tucker.  According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, he’s a member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang. As of Thursday afternoon, Tucker and John King were still on the loose, as authorities in the Sulphur Springs have now expanded the search.

The manhunt widened on Wednesday after a homeowner in Sulphur Springs said that her vehicle disappeared. Authorities believe that it could have been stolen by those escapees. The vehicle is a black 2010 Saturn Vue, and it was taken from a home about two miles away from the prison. Officials with the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department said that a pistol was inside.

So, if the escapees did taken this vehicle, then they are now armed and on the move.

The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday that a woman who is an acquaintance with King had him in her home for a short time on Wednesday.  The woman provided King with food and a drink. Authorities said that she will not be prosecuted since she notified the police.

Police say when King left, he got into the passenger side of the SUV.

“There was also an unidentified driver of this vehicle and, again, we can only speculate that that was Brian Tucker,” said Hopkins County Sgt. Brad Cummings.

Later Wednesday night, the two escapees were reportedly seen near Commerce, west of Cumby.

Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews said there is concern that the inmates could come to his city.  A command post was set up at a Commerce Wal-Mart, extra patrols were put in place at Texas A&M in Commerce, and local schools were in a partial lockdown.

“The doors are locked, you have to get permission to get in. We did put on two extra reserve officers this morning to patrol the schools,” said Crews.

Tucker has been charged with capital murder for allegedly killing a man with a shoelace. King was recently sentenced to 40 years in jail for drug and burglary charges. “Running from being incarcerated a lengthy period of time. The death penalty. These individuals have a mindset of a ticking time bomb,” explained Sgt. Brad Cummings with the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department. “You don’t know what someone in that situation is thinking of doing.”

Law enforcement agencies from several Texas counties are involved in the manhunt. Officials said that they are responding to every tip very quickly.  An additional $10,000 in rewards are being offered by the Lake Country Crime Stoppers and the U.S. Marshals Service for tips leading to the capture of the two escapees.

There are four different ways to provide anonymous tips:

Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).

Text the letters DPS—followed by your tip—to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone.

Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, and then clicking on the link under their picture.

Submit a Facebook tip by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).

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