On Monday morning, four Oklahoma inmates escaped from Lincoln County jail sometime between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m., according to the Lincoln County sheriff’s Office. Two of the four inmates, Brian Moody, 23, and Sonny Baker, 41, escaped on March 17 the exact same way they did before this time, through a ventilation system.
According to ABC News, the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office stated that on March 17, 2017, Baker and Moody broke out of Lincoln County jail with a third inmate, through the jail’s air vents. The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office said that Moody and the third inmate who escaped were “recaptured on March 22.” Baker was not recaptured until March 29.
The New York Daily News reported that one of the inmates who escaped on Monday morning, Jeremy Irvin, 32, has been charged with committing first-degree murder. Trey Goodnight, 37, and the other two escaped inmates Baker and Moody, have been charged with “property crimes.”
Authorities are searching for two vehicles they believe the four Oklahoma inmates used in their escape. One of the vehicles is a white Dodge Q-15 truck that has a Oklahoma license plate, and was reported as being stolen.
Goodnight and Irvin were seen in the other vehicle, a stolen red-silver Dodge pickup truck. They were reportedly spotted in the truck somewhere in the Shawnee area shortly after 7:30 a.m. Monday morning.
According to the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office, a white Dodge matching the description of the stolen vehicle was recovered by the police near State Highway 102 and State Highway 9. Officials with the sheriff’s office stated there is a possibility that two of the escaped inmates abandoned the truck and were seen headed southbound.
Lincoln County Sheriff Dougherty said in an interview with KOCO that Monday’s escape was very similar to the escape of the three inmates last March. Dougherty stated that the four inmates got up on top of an area made out of wire, between the jail’s ceiling and what he said was a “wall” that was approximately 10 feet tall. Once they climbed up on top of the area he described, Dougherty said that the inmates then managed to “jump over an air vent.”
Sheriff Dougherty said in the interview with KOCO that he has met with contractors and “all three county commissioners” to come up with a plan to seal the opening. Reuters reported that Sheriff Charlie Dougherty addressed the local media and stated that the Lincoln County Jail has been overcrowded and “in need of repairs” for years.
Dougherty said he wanted to make sure the area was sealed well, to prevent inmates from escaping the same way in the future. Sheriff Dougherty said in a news conference broadcast by KOCO that the jail has “30-something cameras,” but it was still impossible to “see everything going on.”
According to KFOR-TV, jail phone records are being checked by investigators to determine if the four escaped inmates contacted their relatives before they escaped from Lincoln County jail. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post that the jail is located approximately “46 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.” If anyone has information about the whereabouts of the four escaped Oklahoma inmates, the phone number of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is 405-258-1191.
By John Samuels
Photo Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff