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Convicted rapist escapes from Arkansas prison, investigation ongoing

The Arkansas Department of Corrections confirmed that 38-year-old Samuel Hartman, who was convicted of rape, has escaped from Brickys Prison.

ARKANSAS, USA — Update: Misty Hartman and Linda Annette White have been identified as suspects believed of assisting escaped inmate Samuel Hartman.

A vehicle has been identified as a potential connection to Hartman.

Officers have said to be on the lookout for a white 4-door 2021 Chevy Trail Boss with black rims that may be bearing Arkansas license plate number 398 ZVY or no plate at all.

Officers with the Tunica County Sheriff's Office in Mississippi received a tip that a vehicle matching the description was located near a trailer at the 1800 block of Carp Drive in Tunica.

Law enforcement officials obtained a search warrant and conducted a raid on the trailer home along with the DeSoto County SWAT team and U.S. Marshals.

The suspects were not present in the home, however, officers found evidence that the escaped convict intended to stay in the trailer home.

If you have any information on their whereabouts, please contact the East Arkansas Regional Unit at (870)-295-4700 or local law enforcement.

These individuals are considered to be armed and dangerous. If you see them, contact law enforcement immediately and do not approach them.

The Arkansas Department of Corrections confirmed that 38-year-old Samuel Hartman, who was convicted of rape, has escaped from Brickys Prison.

Hartman was reportedly serving a life sentence after receiving his sentence in November of 2013 in Franklin County. 

According to authorities, Hartman made his escape during "a work detail in a field near the unit." They said that Hartman and one other person fired at correctional officers that were giving chase.

According to the department, Hartman is listed as a white man who's around 5'9" tall and weighs roughly 230 lbs. 

Hartman is also described as having several tattoos that include a heart, sword, and the words "forever & always." 

According to authorities, Hartman might have potentially shaved off his beard and said that he should be considered armed and dangerous. 

Local law enforcement agencies are all working together to follow leads and locate Hartman, but encourage anyone with information to contact them.

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