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Monday, July 29, 2013

Derrick Estell escape and updates

Derrick Estell, a white male, age 33, escaped from the Garland County Detention Center at approximately 1:40 p.m. Sunday afternoon, in an apparent elaborate plan, with an unknown female picking him up. Details are very limited at this time.

Estell and his accomplice(s) should be considered to be armed, dangerous and extremely aggressive. Anyone coming into contact with them should use extreme caution, notify local law enforcement immediately and refrain from trying to detain them.

Update, Sunday, 3:01 p.m.

Estell was back for court on 26 different charges, including; multiple Aggravated Robbery, Burglary, B&E, Thefts and Fleeing.

Update, Sunday, 3:06 p.m.

He was brought back from the Arkansas Department of Corrections, for court in Garland County on pending charges.

Update, Sunday, 3:42 p.m.

The Garland County Sheriff's Department has no location, vehicle, direction of travel, accomplice etc. info at this point.

According to Lt. James "Corky" Martin, "one question that we received that I can answer is that we have no knowledge of any weapon that Estell may have on or with him. Due to his violent history and the fact that he has always been located with weapons, we have to assume that this time will be no different."

Update, Sunday, 9:59 p.m.

At this time the Garland County Sheriff's Department has no substantial updates on the escape of Derrick Estell. The vehicle that he was able to get into was recovered a few minutes after the escape, so we have no current vehicle information or possible location(s) to pass along.

The Garland County Sheriff's Department has one subject in custody, 58 year old William Harding, for assisting in the escape. The only previous charges we have had on Harding is Domestic Battery and Public Intoxication.

Investigators are following up on numerous leads and we do expect warrants to be issued for others and more arrests to be made in relation to those who have assisted in the escape.

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Estell, they are asked to call 911 or our anonymous tip line at 501-622-3674.

Update, Monday, 1:08 p.m.

Investigators continued to work throughout the night in the capture of Derrick Estell. They have received dozens of leads and are working relentlessly to follow up on all of them. As of now, Estell is still on the loose.

After being brought back from the Adult Detention Center for court, Estell was on an inmate phone in the booking area, in close proximity to a 12” high by 30” wide service window that is utilized to interact with the public during visitation, the booking process and general detention business.

William Harding, who is currently in custody on First Degree Escape (charge to be amended to Assisting in or Furnishing an Implement for Escape), engaged our deputies in a conversation in relation to another inmate by asking them questions that diverted their attention and required them to go to the other side of the booking room to look up answers. Once the deputies were away from the window, Estell jumped the counter and slid out the window, with one of our deputies immediately following him through. This was during inmate visitation and there were only 2 deputies in the booking room at the time.

Estell fled through the parking lot, with a deputy following, into the alleyway between the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Senior Care Center on Woodbine. Tamara Upshaw (who now has a warrant out for her arrest for Assisting in or Furnishing an Implement for Escape) was waiting in the alleyway, in a vehicle owned by Harding, with the passenger door open. Estell was able to close the door and Upshaw began driving away as our deputy attempted to bust out the passenger window, causing slight injury to his hands, and gain access to Estell. The vehicle was located abandoned a few minutes later on Greenwood Avenue by the Hot Springs Police Department. At this time we have no other vehicle information to put out.

Investigators have reason to believe that others are involved in the planned escape and are working to confirm the information received and issue warrants for their arrest. At this time, those names are being withheld, but could include family members, friends and other inmates of the both the Garland County Detention Center and Arkansas Department of Corrections.

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