According to a news release provided by the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, the inmates, 27 year-old Michael Shawn Lewis and 27 year-old Mickeal Shaun Painter, were noticed missing when the matron and jailer served breakfast around 6 a.m.
After viewing the surveillance tapes, it was determined that both inmates hid in the shower attached to their cell block and while the jailer and matron checked the female unit, the pair slipped out of the shower and out the front door undetected. The tape revealed that the inmates had escaped at 8:20 p.m. the previous night, giving them nearly a 10 hour jump on authorities.
Lewis was convicted of three felony charges including, fleeing, battery in the second degree and battery in the first degree. He is responsible for ramming Evening Shade Mayor Lonnie Haley's car. Lewis was apprehended shortly after 11 a.m. on June 3 in Pine Bluff, where he is originally from. Lewis was captured with his wife in a Pine Bluff motel. Lewis' wife will be charged with aiding in his escape.
Painter is from the Cherokee Village/Hardy area and has been in jail numerous times for various offenses, according to Sheriff Dale Weaver. He was currently in jail on two felony charges of residental burglary and theft of property with an upcoming court date of June 24. He had only been in jail a few days at the time of his escape.
Painter was arrested in Batesville as a result of a tip from a caller at 8:20 p.m. June 3, exactly 24 hours after the escape.
Sharp County Detective Ken Guidry said that, although both inmates admitted to using drugs while they were out, which is against the law, there is no proof on which to charge them for the offense. The two face additional charges of escape.
Both suspects are back in the Sharp County Jail.