FLORENCE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Arizona Department of Corrections (ADCRR) is offering a reward for information on two inmates who escaped from ASPC-Florence prison on Saturday night.
Officials are offering $25,000 per inmate for information that leads to their arrest. Governor Ducey announced on Twitter that the US Marshals will be providing an additional $10,000, per inmate, bringing the total to $70,000.
Last night, 2 inmates escaped from the state prison in Florence, AZ. Law enforcement will work non-stop to locate and apprehend them.@USMarshalsHQ & I authorized a $35K reward, per escapee, for information leading to their capture. Call Silent Witness (480-WITNESS) and/or 911. pic.twitter.com/9Bw0m6KSZa— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) January 24, 2021
AZDPS & @dougducey are providing up to $25K as a reward for tips leading to the capture of each escapee. Additionally, up to $10K is being provided thanks to David Gonzales at @USMarshalsHQ. Anyone with credible tips should call 9-1-1 & then contact Silent Witness (480-WITNESS). https://t.co/6aNXdsmKTL— Dept. of Public Safety (@Arizona_DPS) January 24, 2021
The inmates, David T. Harmon and John B. Charpiot both missed their official count around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night. ADCRR said the last time they saw were accounted for was around 4 p.m. earlier in the day. The preliminary investigation shows the men moved an A/C unit, broke into a tool room and used those tools to break out of the prison.
Charpiot is serving 35 years for molestation of a child and sexual abuse after he was convicted in 2011. Harmon is serving 100 years for kidnapping and second-degree burglary charges after he was convicted in 2012.
"This is currently ADCRR’s top priority, and all available resources are being employed to the search effort. The department has dispatched its chase teams, tracking dog teams and fugitive apprehension unit to find the fugitive inmates," ADCRR said in a press release.
ADCRR says the department has dispatched its chase teams, tracking dog teams and fugitive apprehension unit to find the inmates. The department is also calling on local authorities, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and the U.S. Marshals Service to help track down the men.
ADOT has posted the information on its freeway signs. The overhead signs read: "2 INMATES ESCAPED - FLORENCE PRISON- BE ALERT." The signs also caution drivers not to pick up hitchhikers.
If anyone has any information about Charpiot and Harmon, call 911. Authorities say you should consider the men dangerous, that you should not attempt to engage them on your own.