Two Of Three Escapees Face Charges In Platte County, Missouri

By: 13 News, Posted by Stephanie Schultz, Justin Surrency
By: 13 News, Posted by Stephanie Schultz, Justin Surrency
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__Two Lansing escapees face charges in Missouri.

Allen M. Hurst, 31, and Scott A. Gilbert, 49, are in the Platte County Jail on a $5 million dollar cash bond after being charged with 12 separate felonies, including 4 counts of assault of a law enforcement officer.

Both men are accused of attempted kidnap of the Mayor of Edgerton and accused of trying to ambush the officers who pursued them after they escaped from Lansing Correctional Facility Friday.

A third inmate Randy Ridens Senior, 57, was apprehended Friday night while entering Topeka. Ridens was returned to the Lansing Correctional Facility. No additional charges have not be filed against Ridens.

Earlier Reports:
The break to freedom did not last long for three inmates who escaped Friday morning from Lansing Correctional. Two escaped prisoners who had holed up inside an Edgerton, Missouri home were successfully taken into custody just before 5:00 Friday afternoon.

The Kansas Department of Corrections confirms the third man, 57-year old Randy Ridens, Sr. was captured by officers in Topeka at 10:22 p.m. Friday. Jeremy Barclay with KDOC says he was captured as he was entering Topeka and was immediately transported back to Lansing Correctional Facility.

Two of the inmates, Allen Hurst and Scott Gilbert, were inside a stolen vehicle when Platte City police tried to stop the vehicle Friday morning on Interstate 29 in northwest Missouri. The inmates fired shots at the officers, who did not fire back, said Platte County Capt. Erik Holland.

Shots were fired at several locations including on E Highway and B Highway in Platte County.

The inmates then crashed their way in through a sliding glass door into a home on Route Z in Clinton County. Dozens of officers surrounded the residence, and snipers were set up. After several hours of negotiations, the inmates were convinced to leave the home.

Officers investigating the home after their 2nd escape, said the three had "trashed the house, and had eaten frozen burritos" before making their way back out.

In addition to the firearms that the two men obtained after their escape, the homeowner told authorities that he owns firearms that are inside the home.

Searches for Ridens were underway around Linwood, where he has family connections, authorities said.


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