Monday, February 8, 2016

Prisoner escapes south Arkansas jail, search underway

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 8:32 AM

PAUL GRICE: Escaped from Dallas County jail. - ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
  • ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
  • PAUL GRICE: Escaped from Dallas County jail.
A manhunt is in progress for a prisoner who escaped sometime around midnight Sunday from the Dallas County jail in Fordyce.

Paul Grice, 38, has been serving a sentence for second-degree murder and residential burglary since 1998. He evidently escaped by covering a razor wire fence with a blanket and climbing over.

KATV-7 says:

He is a white male, around 5-7, 150 lbs, and last seen in the area wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, and a light colored jacket. He escaped around 12:30 a.m.

Drew County Sheriff officials, Arkansas Department of Corrections as well as the Monticello Police Department have been searching the area around 425 North since about 3:30 a.m. Arkansas Dept. of Corrections search dogs and investigators are also on the scene.

Grice was a "backup inmate" — one of the many prisoners kept temporarily in a county jail, rather than a state prison, due to a shortage of beds in the Arkansas Department of Corrections. 

According to the ADC's inmate search page, Grice has two tattoos: a panther on his lower left leg and a dagger on his upper right arm. It also says that he goes by the alias "Shortycane Shortycane."

UPDATE, belatedly: Grice was apprehended later on Monday at 11:10 a.m., according to police. He was found in Monticello, about 50 miles from the Dallas County jail.

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