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October 29, 2013

Search continues for 2 Caddo County fugitives

James Bright, Managing Editor, chickashaeditor@gmail.com
The Express-Star

CHICKASHA —

The search continued yesterday for two of the four inmates that escaped from the Caddo County Jail early Sunday morning.

"We are just keeping our eyes and ears open," said Grady County Sheriff Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett. "We want them back behind bars."

Two of the inmates were caught Monday afternoon.

Prime Brown, 23, and Dylan Ray Three Irons, 21, were arrested by authorities at the Frisco Stop on Frisco Avenue in Chickasha. 

Anthony James Mendonca, 24, and 32-year-old Triston Cheadle are currently still at large. Authorities believe they are in the Chickasha area and advise residents that the convicts are to be considered armed and dangerous.

Just after noon on Monday, Brown and Three Irons walked into the Frisco Stop where they shopped, employee Linda Harley said.

"They came in and the seemed nice," Harley said. "They bought some Ramen noodles, asked if we do the lotto here, and left."

What the two did not know is that on their way to the convenience store, two District Attorney's office investigators spotted them walking east along the road, according to a release by Chickasha Police Department. The investigators noticed the men appeared "very wet and dirty" and that they fit descriptions of two of the escapees. 

They phoned Chickasha Police, who sent officers to assist in identifying the men. Investigators followed the pair into the Frisco Stop, and neither Harley nor anyone else at the store called police, since they did not recognize the escapees. She said they never felt in danger for their lives during the 5-10 minute span the criminals were inside the store, but police cars had flooded the small parking lot by the time the two left.

"As soon as they walked out, the cops were there," Harley said. "We didn't even know who they were. They didn't try to steal anything or hold us up. They just came in, bought their stuff, and went out the door. When they saw the police, one of the guys just stood still and dropped his stuff on the ground."

Hatchett said those with information regarding the whereabouts of Mendonca and Cheadle are encouraged to notify police.

Caddo County Sheriff Gene Cain told multiple media outlets the prisoners escaped by breaking a lock on the hatch above a shower head, moving through a crawl space until they reached a wall where they knocked out cement blocks creating enough space for them to reach an area outside of the jail with an unlocked door.

Irons, Brown and Mendonca were in jail on methamphetamine offenses and Cheadle was awaiting trial on a gun charge.