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Izard inmate caught in county

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Staff Writer

A Stone County man who escaped from the Izard County Detention Center June 21, was apprehended by law enforcement officials west of Knob Creek the next day.

David Lee Armstrong, 45, is being charged with first degree escape, residential burglary, theft of property and felon in possession of a firearm.

Izard County Sheriff Joe Martz said he spotted Armstrong at a hunting cabin owned by Carl Cooper. Armstrong had changed clothes and stole a gun from the cabin. He then ran about four miles before being apprehended without incident in the Hunter Mountain area.

Arkansas State Police, Baxter County Sheriff's Office helicopter, Arkansas Department of Corrections' dog team and Stone County Sheriff's Department assisted in the search.

According to officials at the Izard County Detention Center, Armstrong escaped through a fence during inmate exercises in the yard of the detention center.

The escape occurred between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m.

According to an affidavit released by the Stone County Clerk's Office, Armstrong has been charged with theft by receiving, a class C felony; felony possession of a firearm, a class B felony; use or possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, a class C felony; and manufacture of marijuana, a class C felony.

The charges stem from an incident in which Armstrong attempted to pay part of a bail bond debt with stolen guns.

The bondsman said Armstrong gave him a Heritage Arms .22 caliber revolver as part of the bond payment June 8. The gun was reportedly stolen from Nathaniel Freeman in Batesville.

He said Armstrong returned with more guns June 14 for payment and the bail bondsman alerted the authorities. The guns were stolen from a residence in Batesville and Armstrong was arrested.

Information in the affidavit says officers searched Armstong's residence and found marijuana plants, lithium batteries, ephedrine blister packs and other items used in the Nazi method of methamphetamine manufacture.

Information released by the Stone County Clerk's Office indicates Armstrong has a long criminal history. In 1979 he was convicted in Stone County on burglary and theft charges.

In 1990 Armstrong was convicted of assault and battery with a deadly weapon in Oklahoma.

Armstrong's escape in under investigation by the Arkansas State Police.

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