Inmate caught 5 months after escape

Inmate caught 5 months after escape
Kevin W. Ward (Source: Independence Co. Sheriff's Office)
Kevin W. Ward (Source: Independence Co. Sheriff's Office)

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The second inmate who escaped from the Independence County Jail has been caught, according to a source with the U.S. Marshals.

Kalob James West, 24, of Batesville was caught Friday afternoon and will be transferred to the Department of Correction.

Kevin Ward was arrested in Forrest City without an incident on January 5 after he escaped with Ward.

Independence County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Jeremy Qualls said West and Ward were found missing from their jail cell on January 2.

Qualls said deputies discovered a small window was busted from a cell.

West was originally sentenced for a drug conviction and held for the Arkansas Department of Correction.

Ward was originally awaiting transport to the ADC for his conviction on theft and commercial burglary.

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