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Escapee back in prison

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Izard County authorities found 21-year-old Joshua James Langston, who recently escaped from the Missouri Department of Correction, hiding in a residence in a Calico Rock apartment complex March 23.

On March 21 a female who was later identified as 20-year-old Alyssa Kirby, contacted Izard County authorities, claiming that a prison escapee was holding her and threatening to kill her, said Izard County Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley.

Kirby hung up, and though dispatch tried to contact her multiple times, they could not get Kirby to speak with authorities, Blackley said.

Blackley said Izard County authorities learned that Langston had recently escaped from the Missouri Department of Correction, so they conducted an unsuccessful search in the evening. During the search authorities received a tip that Langston had been staying with Kirby, a resident of Crestview Terrace Apartments.

The following day Izard County deputies went to search the residence. The deputies could hear multiple voices inside the apartment, but no one would respond, Blackley said. However, once the deputies moved to the back window, they were able to make verbal contact with Kirby.

Blackley said he went to assist the deputies and was able to negotiate the release of Kirby and Christina Peveto, 21, who were inside the apartment. Though she claimed to be afraid of him, Kirby repeatedly told Langston she did not want to leave him, he said.

Once the females were freed, Langston began making threats to kill himself. Through the blinds the deputies could see him holding a knife to his throat, and he repeatedly challenged authorities to shoot him, Blackley said. They were finally able to subdue Langston with a Taser stun gun, he said.

As Langston was being placed under arrest, Peveto began to act unruly. Blackley said she became violent, while continuously shouting obscenities.

An assisting officer used a Taser to calm Peveto after she assaulted Deputy Aaron Johnson.

Kirby is facing the charge of hindering apprehension. Peveto is facing multiple charges including disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and second degree battery.

All three remain in the Izard County Detention Facility.

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