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Authorities search for escaped Sheridan County inmates

Authorities search for escaped Sheridan County inmates

Sheridan County authorities say two inmates being lodged at the county jail in Rushville remain at large after they escaped about 10:00 p.m. Monday .

A release from County Attorney Jamian Simmons says 26-year old Hijinio Garnette of Gordon and 23-year old Esdon Haukass of Mission, SD, overpowered a jailer to reach the jail dispatch office where they climbed through a window and fled.

Simmons says the escape was apparently planned with a car waiting for the pair in the alley behind the jail. Witnesses reported seeing both Garnette and Haukass in the Rushville area around 2:30 a.m Tuesday.

Simmons says the pair may be responsible for the theft of a car in Rushville that was found later Tuesday morning in Rosebud, SD.

At the time of the escape, Garnette was awaiting sentencing on 2 convictions for failure to appear while Haukass was being held on a Grant County warrant for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Garnette is described as mixed Native American and Hispanic, 5-2, 140 pounds with short brown hair and a mustache. Haukass is Native American, 5-10, 150 with short black hair and brown eyes. When last seen, both were wearing jeans with one wearing a sweatshirt and the other a t-shirt.

Anyone seeing either Garnette or Haukass or having information on their whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office or local law enforcement.

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