Prisoner Escapes From Randolph County Jail

November 17, 2004-- Updated at 10:54 p.m. CST

POCAHONTAS, AR -- Randolph County Sheriff Brent Earley said Arlis D. Greathouse escaped from the Randolph County Jail Wednesday evening by scaling a razorwire fence outside of a kitchen window at the jail.

Deputies began their search on the ground around 5:45pm. That's when they realized Greathouse had escaped. They scanned over the grass, trees and buildings that surround the jail. Around 7:15pm a helicopter was brought in to search from the air. A tracking dog picked up the inmate's scent, but then lost it near Highway 67.

Greathouse was in jail on an aggravated robbery charge. Earley considers him to be a threat to whomever crosses his path.

"Whether he's armed or not we don't know at this point, but yes, he can be dangerous. He has a lot of potential for danger. He assaulted a lady here, and also punched a man inside a residence. She had no idea who he was," Earley explained.

Greathouse is 27 years old. He stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and black and white inmate pants.

Sheriff Earley added that Greathouse is from Missouri, and he believes the inmate may be trying to make his way back to the Show Me State. The Sheriff is trying to get in touch with family members to see if Greathouse has made contact with them.

If you see any suspicious activity or someone matching this description, contact the Randolph County Sheriff's Department at 870-892-8888.