Sheriff: woman escapes Randolph County Jail for 10 minutes

Cheri Ann Burtman (Source: Randolph County Sheriff's Department)
Cheri Ann Burtman (Source: Randolph County Sheriff's Department)

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - A Randolph County woman in jail for non-payment of fines now faces a much heftier charge for escape.

According to Randolph County Sheriff Gary Tribble, Cheri Ann Burtman escaped from the jail while a jailer was walking another inmate out to an ambulance.

Burtman, in her prison garb, then ran across Pace Road to the softball fields and requested a ride from a person there who obliged.

That person then took her across town to Convent Street.

Sheriff Tribble said there, Burtman forced her way into a home.

Police caught up with her at that residence and put her back in custody. She was out of police custody for 10 minutes, according to Tribble.

Tribble told Region 8 News Burtman escaped the jail at 6:07pm. At 6:17, Burtman was back in their custody.

Burtman, who was being held in the Clay County Jail, was in Randolph County for her non-payment of fines hearing. The Randolph County Jail does not house women.

Burtman now faces a Class D Felony for escape.

Sheriff Tribble said they are still investigating the incident.

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