A prisoner at the Logan County Detention Center escaped Monday.
Deputies, assisted by area police officers and the Arkansas State Police, are conducting a search in and around Paris for Gary Topham, 49, of Magazine. A canine unit from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is also assisting in the search.
Topham is 5-foot-11 and weighs 160 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair, according to information obtained by monitoring Sheriff’s Department radio traffic. Topham normally wears glasses but they were left behind. He was last seen wearing black and white striped jail uniform. His orange jail-issued flip flops were also left behind.
He was jailed in the Logan County Detention Center on Friday, Nov. 1 following an appearance in 15th Judicial District Circuit Court in Booneville. He was charged with failure to appear, fleeing, manufacture of meth or cocaine and possession of a controlled substance.
Topham escaped shortly after noon from the detention center exercise yard by climbing over a chain-linked fence topped with razor wire, according to Logan County Chief Deputy Sheriff David Spicer. Topham is believed to be cut and bleeding, Spicer said.
The public is asked to notify law enforcement by calling 911 if they see Topham.