Did Jailer Aid Escape?

August 21, 2003  - Posted at 7:06 a.m. CDT

DUMAS, Ark.  --A prosecutor says an arrest warrant has been issued for a former jailer in Dumas, who is accused of helping an inmate escape. Forty-two-year-old Carl Lowe escaped from the jail July ninth and has since been caught in Wisconsin.

Prosecutor Thomas Deen said says Tracy Pickett is wanted on a charge of permitting escape, a class C- felony. Deen said state police concluded Pickett allowed Lowe to escape through a door and onto the roof of the jail. From there, Lowe shimmied down an extension cord, Deen said.

The escape led to a three-week hunt for Lowe, who had been convicted of aggravated robbery, kidnapping, theft and being a felon in possession of a firearm in June. He was sentenced to life plus 110 years, and was awaiting transfer to a state prison at the time he got loose.

Lowe was caught when a suspect in an auto theft led Milwaukee police to Lowe. Deen said that Pickett's attorney was negotiating Pickett's surrender.

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