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Escaped inmate captured in Booneville

Gary Topham, the Logan County Jail inmate who escaped Monday, was captured by officers Thursday morning while hiding behind a house in Booneville.

Topham was taken into custody without incident and returned to the jail, according to Logan County Sheriff Steve Smith.

Smith said the Sheriff’s Department got a 911 call around 10 a.m. Thursday. The caller reported that Topham had been seen running down Ivy Street in Booneville. Officers converged on the area.

“When they got to the area, they heard a nose behind a house of Sassafrass Street,” Logan County Chief Deputy Sheriff David Spicer said. “They checked, found him and took him into custody without incident.”

That 911 call was the third this week reporting a sighting of Topham in Booneville, Spicer said.

When he was captured, Topham was wearing a camouflage jacket and pants, Spicer said. When he escaped Monday by climbing a chain link fence topped with razor wire that surrounds the jail’s exercise yard, Topham was wearing a black-and-white-striped jail uniform.

“We have learned that Topham was picked up Monday by a citizen and given a ride to the Booneville area,” Spicer said. “At the time, he was wearing a camouflage jacket and pants.”

Also, authorities arrested Johnny Yancy, 26 or 27, of Fort Smith Tuesday in connection with the hunt for Topham. Yancy was jailed pending the filing of hindering apprehension charges. Yancy allegedly provided help to Topham, Spicer said.

Spicer declined to say what help officers believe Yancy provided.

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