Several East Texas School Districts, including Winnsboro ISD, Rains Yantis ISD, Como-Pickton and Sulphur Springs ISD remain on lockdown today as authorities enter day two of a manhunt for two Hopkins County Jail escapees.
Brian Tucker, awaiting trial for Capital Murder, and John King, sentenced to 40 years on various charges this week, slipped through a gap between a gate and a fence at the jails recreational yard around 8:30 Tuesday morning.
Enhanced patrols around area campuses and bus stops will be conducted by local law enforcement as long as the men remain at large. Teachers have been briefed with photographs of the escapees.
The men are considered very dangerous.
"With men like the two who have escaped, you never know what they are willing to do when faced with an escape type situation," said Hopkins County Sgt. Brad Cummings. "I don't ever want to say people should live in fear but the public needs to be aware that these men are extremely dangerous."
Authorities discourage the public from approaching the men if they are spotted. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the escapees is urged to contact local authorities.
Sgt. Cummings says the public should be aware that anyone helping the escapees will face felony charges.
"At this point in the search we do believe the men have received help," Cummings said. If you are caught you will be charged."