McDonald County jail escapees captured in Texas

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Stolen vehicles recovered just across Arkansas border near Texarkana

Two men who allegedly escaped from the McDonald County jail overnight on Sunday were captured Tuesday morning about 300 miles away in Bowie County, Texas.


Mathew Miller, 22, of Eagle Rock, who is charged with kidnapping a Washburn woman in 2014, and Keith Davis, 24, of Anderson, who was being held on multiple property crime and theft charges, were both caught by Texas authorities at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Michael Hall, McDonald County sheriff, said the pair stole a van from a campground near the jail, then dropped the van in Springdale, Ark., and stole two dirtbikes and another vehicle. On Tuesday morning, Hall received a call from authorities in Bowie County, which is just across the Arkansas-Texas border near Texarkana, saying the vehicles were all recovered and Miller and Davis were being pursued on foot through a wooded area.

Hall said Davis had stolen motorcycles from the same location in Springdale before. Stolen were CR 85 and CR 100 dirt bikes.

Miller, who also is believed to have ties to the Purdy area, was being held in the McDonald County jail on charges of kidnapping, burglary, two counts of tampering with a motor vehicle, felonious restraint, third-degree assault and fraudulent use of a credit card, all stemming from the alleged kidnapping of a rural Washburn woman in January 2014.


Miller allegedly kidnapped a woman from her home on Trent Road in McDonald County, put her in the trunk of her vehicle and drove her through Cassville, using her bank card to withdraw $350 from her bank account. After being kicked, beaten and thrown down a hill, the woman was left on Farm Road 1180 in Barry County.

Miller was also allegedly involved in an August 2015 incident where he and another inmate in the Barry County jail convinced a jailer to bring them marijuana inside the jail.

Miller was being held in the McDonald County jail and was still facing charges from the original kidnapping incident in Stone County, as his case was granted a change of venue.

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