The inmates that escaped from the Washington County Jail on Sunday night were arrested in Oklahoma just after noon today.
CHIPLEY — The two men who escaped the Washington County Jail late Sunday escaped inmates have been apprehended after a traffic stop in Oklahoma.
Ronly Diaz Pardo and David Allan Anderson were arrested by Oklahoma District 21 Task Force members during the stop just after noon today. Oklahoma police said the pair also face charges there.
“We could not have received better news today than this,” Sheriff Kevin Crews said in a news release. “We are very grateful for all of the agencies that have joined this investigation and have worked tirelessly to bring these subjects back into custody.”
Pardo, 27, and Anderson, 39, escaped their shared cell late Sunday. Crews saying they likely used a shower curtain rod to chip away at a wall in their cell to access the adjoining maintenance room, which led outside to the jail yard.
“We think (the tool) was actually a shower curtain rod that (Pado and Anderson) used to chip at the wall,” Crews said. “That part is still under investigation, too.”
Multiple agencies were involved in the search for Pado, who is charged with stabbing to death another inmate in June, and Anderson, awaiting trial on a litany of charges after a high-speed chase earlier this year and who already was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison.
The first clue to the pair’s whereabouts came Tuesday morning, when the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office, in North Carolina, reported discovering the 1996 Lincoln Towncar believed stolen by the inmates from the area of State 77 and Brickyard Road on Monday morning.
According to Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher, a truck also was reported stolen about 8 a.m. Tuesday from the Haywood Office Park in Waynesville, N.C. — not far from where deputies recovered the car stolen from Washington County. The truck now believed to be transporting Pardo and Anderson is described as a 2001 single-cab white GMC with a broken driver’s side window bearing North Carolina tag EEL4847. A diesel fuel tank also was in the truck’s bed when it was stolen.
According to a statement by the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office, neither inmate is thought to have ties to Haywood County.
Before Thursday’s arrests, the investigation had taken law enforcement as far as New York, and investigators with the U.S. Marshals Service Felony Task Force were in place “in numerous counties, in multiple states.”
Crews said Tuesday his department still was evaluating the jail facility.
“As a new sheriff, I’m reassessing the structural part of the jail,” he said. “We’re in pretty good shape — you wouldn’t think so, but (we are). We just had one void ... where (the escapees) were able to bust through this one part to gain access into that maintenance room.”
According to a WCSO news release, Pado recently arrived at the jail “on a new charge of murder,” and already was serving time for two counts of the sale, manufacture or delivery of marijuana and one count of lewd and lascivious battery out of Collier County. He is a Hispanic male, about 6-foot-1 and 183 pounds. The release said Pado was facing a charge of second-degree murder for allegedly “stabbing a fellow inmate to death” in June at the Northwest Florida Reception Center.
Anderson was being held in the county jail on charges of fleeing and eluding law enforcement with disregard to safety of person or property, use or display of a weapon during a felony, possession of a methamphetamine with intent to sell or deliver, trafficking of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance without prescription and possession of paraphernalia. He also was being held for the U.S. Marshal’s Office for trafficking in methamphetamine, for which he recently was sentenced to serve 22 years.