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Izard escapee charged

Thursday, July 1, 2004

Staff Writer

Izard County Sheriff Joe Martz said jail escapee David Lee Armstrong was in custody and recuperating from his scratches and tick bites after his escape June 21 from the Izard County Detention Center.

Armstrong, 45, was charged June 28 with second degree escape, a class D felony; residential burglary, a class B felony; felon in possession of a firearm, a class B felony; and theft of property, a class C felony.

Martz said Armstrong was in the exercise yard with other inmates when he pulled a wire loose on an electrical fence that surrounds the exercise area. He said Armstrong scaled the fence, ran across a fenced yard and scaled a second fence.

"The wire he pulled loose has been fixed and we've welded an extra metal strip on there so it can't happen again," said Martz.

Armstrong was apprehended June 22 near Knob Creek. While he was on the run, Armstrong broke into a cabin and stole clothes and a gun.

Martz said he found Armstrong in the cabin. Armstrong flashed the gun and said "somebody's going to get hurt" if the officers didn't leave him alone, Martz said.

Martz took cover behind a bulldozer.

He said Armstrong fled from the cabin and was apprehended by Arkansas State Trooper Todd Shaw and the Arkansas Department of Corrections dog team approximately four miles from the cabin.

Armstrong was originally taken into custody June 13 in Stone County on a variety of drug and burglary charges.

Armstrong's bond on his additional charges was set at $50,000 by Circuit Court Judge Tim Weaver. Armstrong's arraignment is scheduled for July 12 at the Izard County Courthouse.

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