Randy A. Ridens, Sr. (photo courtesy of Kansas Department of Corrections)
EDGERTON, MO. (AP) — Two of three inmates who walked away from a northeast Kansas prison are in custody in northwest Missouri. The Platte County Sheriff's Office says the men emerged from a rural home late Friday afternoon after hours of negotiations. Captain Erik Holland says 31-year-old Allen M. Hurst and 49-year-old Scott A. Gilbert walked out from under a back deck and surrendered without incident. The pair had holed up in the house Friday morning, sometime after escaping Lansing Correctional Facility in Kansas early Friday. The whereabouts of the third escaped inmate, 57-year-old Randy A. Ridens Sr., remain unknown. Ridens is described as being 5' 11", 230 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. The Kansas Department of Corrections notes that Ridens (pictured above) has removed all of his facial hair as of Friday, May 10, 2013. Ridens is considred armed and dangerous. Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts is asked to call 911, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-572-7463, or the Lansing Correctional Facility at 913-727-3235.
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EDGERTON, MO. (AP) — Authorities say they believe two armed men holed up in a northwest Missouri home escaped from a Kansas prison Friday. Platte County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant Erik Holland says officers began chasing the suspects in Platte City, Missouri. Holland says shots were fired at officers as the men fled in a stolen car and the men bailed at a home near Edgerton. Three inmates walked away from a minimum-security unit at the Lansing Correctional Facility in Kansas. Authorities believe the men in the Missouri house are two of the inmates. It's unclear where the third inmate is. Authorities say the homeowners said there were firearms inside. The Kansas Department of Corrections has identified the escaped inmates as 31-year-old Allen M. Hurst, 49-year-old Scott A. Gilbert and 57-year-old Randy A. Ridens Sr.
EDGERTON, MO. (AP) — Three inmates who walked away from a Kansas prison are holed up in a northwest Missouri home. Kansas Department of Corrections spokesman Jeremy Barclay says the inmates escaped early today (FRI) from the minimum security unit at the Lansing Correctional Facility. He says they ran into a home in Platte County, Missouri, on Friday. No shots have been fired. Area TV broadcasts show lines of police cars surrounding the home in a rural area near Edgerton. The escaped inmates are 31-year-old Allen M. Hurst, 49-year-old Scott A. Gilbert and 57-year-old Randy A. Ridens Sr. They were in prison for burglary and theft convictions. North Platte R-1 School District Superintendent Jeff Sumy says the district was asked to keep students inside at an Edgerton school.
LANSING, Kan. (AP) — Law enforcement officials are looking for three inmates who walked away from the Lansing Correctional Facility. The inmates escaped early Friday from minimum security. Further details of their escape were not immediately available. The inmates are 31-year-old Allen M. Hurst and 49-year-old Scott A. Gilbert, who both were convicted in Sedgwick County in 2010 of multiple counts of burglary and theft; and 57-year-old Randy A. Ridens Sr., who was convicted in Shawnee and Douglas counties in 2010 of several burglary counts and one count of theft. Corrections officials say all escaped inmates should be considered armed and dangerous.