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Cherokee County jail escapee faces more charges

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Updated June 27, 2012:  Jimmy Sluder, who escaped from the Cherokee County jail Sunday morning while working on an inmate work detail, was captured last night in Pittsburg.

Sluder was originally in custody on theft related charges and now faces an additional charge of aggravated escape from custody.

He will also face charges connected with a residential burglary in Columbus he is suspected of committing while on the run yesterday afternoon.

Updated June 26, 2012:  Jimmy Sluder of Pittsburg is again behind bars.

Sluder escaped from the Cherokee County Jail early Sunday morning.  Authorities say he and another inmate were taking out trash under the supervision of a guard, when Sluder ran.

Since then the sheriff's office had been getting help from surrounding counties in the search for Sluder.

Authorities are not giving many details, but the sheriff says Sluder was captured this evening in Pittsburg and is now in the Cherokee County Jail.

Posted June 25, 2012:  It's day two in the search for an escaped inmate from the Cherokee County jail.

Authorities have expanded their search for Jimmy Dale Sluder to surrounding counties.

Sheriff David Groves says Sluder escaped around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday.  Sluder and a second inmate were taking out the trash under the supervision of a single jailer when Sluder fled.

Sheriff Groves called in extra patrol officers and the Kansas Highway Patrol to conduct both aerial and ground searches yesterday.

Today they've expanded the search to neighboring counties.

Sluder has tattoos of Native American feathers on both his right arm and also in the middle of his back.

He had been at the jail since April for theft charges.

The sheriff says Sluder has no history of violence but wants the public to be cautious and aware.

"While he has been in our facility, no fights or things like that, but again because he escaped and despite not having any information that he is armed or dangerous I think we have to realize that logical thoughts are not occurring to him - certainly people need to be cautious," says Sheriff Groves.

If you have any information on Sluder's whereabouts please contact the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.

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