Police say a manhunt is underway for two escaped Arkansas inmates, including a man suspected of murder.


Arkansas authorities are searching for two “dangerous” inmates who were discovered missing from a detention center Tuesday morning, including one who was being held for probable cause murder, officials said.

The two men — Noah Roche and Jatonya Bryant — were found missing about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday from the Dub Brassell Adult Detention Center in Pine Bluff — a city about 40 miles south of Little Rock, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Bryant, 23, was being held on probable cause for first-degree murder, and Roach, 22, was being held on probable cause for burglary and theft, according to the sheriff’s office. She added that Roche is also a suspect in the murder.

Noah Roche (left) and Jatonya Bryant – Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

“Both individuals are considered dangerous and should only be approached by law enforcement personnel,” the Sheriff’s Office warned.

The couple is believed to have escaped within the past 48 hours, authorities said Tuesday.

Bryant is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs about 145 pounds, the release said. Roche is 6 feet 2 inches tall, white, weighs about 180 pounds and has a scar on the right side of his head, she said.

The Sheriff’s Office is working with several agencies to track down inmates, including the Arkansas State Police and the state Department of Corrections.

Anyone with information about the men’s whereabouts or who helped them escape is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Department.

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