Manhunt continues for Drew County detainee

Multiple agencies are now surrounding a wooded area bordered by Jordan Dr, Scoggin Dr, U.S. Highway 425 and the University of Arkansas Monticello campus after Brandon Cox, a detainee at the Drew County Detention facility escaped from Mainline Health Systems during a doctor’s appointment. 

According to Drew County Chief Deputy Brian Slaughter, Cox told his escort that he needed to use the bathroom and had his belly chains removed. Upon exiting the restroom, Cox escaped through the east exit of the clinic and went into the woods surrounding the building. 

This is not the first time Cox has fed from police, according to Slaughter, who stated Cox had fled from them before his arrest and led deputies on a foot chase before hiding in a patch of woods. During that incident the Sheriff’s department backed off and obtained a warrant for Cox’s arrest and arrested him three days later. At the time, Cox told deputies that he had been in the wooded area for three days thinking the Sheriff’s Department was pursuing him. 

Currently the area of woods where Cox ran is surrounded by officers from multiple law enforcement agencies including the Drew County Sheriff’s Office, Monticello Police Department, Arkansas State Police, Forestry Commission, Arkansas Game and Fish, Department of Corrections and the Ashley County Sheriff’s Department. Monticello Police Department initially used MPD K-9 Ceazer to search the woods but he was unsuccessful in finding Cox. Currently the Department of Corrections, as well as Sheriff Mark Gober, are on horseback with multiple dogs searching the area. 

Once it gets dark the officer’s will come out of the woods and hold the perimeter until morning, or Cox is apprehended. 

The manhunt disrupted schools today with Monticello and Drew Central School Districts going on lock down and having a restricted supervised release. Students at Monticello were kept inside the school with teacher’s on walkie talkies calling the children’s name to come outside only once their parents were there to pick them up if they were normally picked up through the pick up line. All after school activities were also canceled. 

Cox was being held on charges of fleeing, kidnapping, domestic battery 1st degree, drug paraphernalia possession and parole violation.

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