Farmington, MO – A manhunt is underway for five jail inmates who escaped from the St. Francois County Detention Center using the facility’s pipes and venting systems on Tuesday night.
LuJuan Tucker, Kelly McSean, Aaron Sebastian, Michael Wilkins, and Dakota Pace were all being held at the detention center for felony offenses, the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department (SFCSD) said in a press release on Wednesday.
Sebastian, 30, Tucker, 37, and McSean, 52, – who also uses an alias of Larry Bemboom – are all sex offenders, according to the sheriff’s office.
Wilkins, 40, and Pace, 26, were being held on felony warrants.
The five inmates allegedly “made entry to a secured cell” at approximately 7 p.m. on Jan. 17, then proceeded to make their way “through a secured door by use of force,” the SFCSD said.
SFCSD Chief Deputy Gregory Armstrong said the prisoners used the venting and pipes of the building’s plumbing system to gain access to the roof of the facility, NBC News reported.
They then worked their way down to the ground, where they ditched their orange jail jumpsuits, according to investigators.
Security footage showed them wearing white thermal leggings, shorts, and t-shirts as they fled the area, NBC News reported.
Within 15 minutes of their escape, the group arrived at a nearby secured parking lot and stole a grey 2009 Scion TC bearing temporary tags, according to the SFCSD.
The vehicle was last seen traveling southbound.
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The SFCSD warned the public not to approach any of the five fugitives and to call 911 immediately if they come across them or have any information regarding their whereabouts.
The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) issued bulletins for the escaped inmates on Wednesday.
The USMS described the fugitives as “dangerous.”
A reward of up to $5,000 each is being offered for information leading to the apprehension of McSean, Sebastian, and Tucker.
A reward of up to $2,500 apiece is being offered for information leading to the apprehension of Wilkins and Pace.