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'Do not approach the fugitives': Hunt on for 5 Missouri inmates including 3 sex offenders after jailbreak

All inmates, who escaped in a stolen vehicle on January 17, were being held on felony charges
Michael Wilkins, 41, Kelly McSean, 52, Dakota Pace, 26, Aaron W Sebastian, 30 and LuJuan Tucker, 37 (L-R) (St Francois County Sheriff's Department)
Michael Wilkins, 41, Kelly McSean, 52, Dakota Pace, 26, Aaron W Sebastian, 30 and LuJuan Tucker, 37 (L-R) (St Francois County Sheriff's Department)

ST FRANCOIS COUNTY, MISSOURI: Five inmates, including three sex offenders, escaped from the St Francois County Jail on Tuesday, January 17 through a hole in a cell while cameras were down. A manhunt is currently underway to find Michael Wilkins, 41, Kelly McSean, 52, Dakota Pace, 26, Aaron W Sebastian, 30 and LuJuan Tucker, 37.

St Francois County Sheriff's Department said via a statement, "On Tuesday, January 17, at approximately 7:00 PM, 5 inmates at the St. Francois County Detention Center made entry into a secured cell. From there, the inmates made their way through a secured door by use of force. The inmates then made their way to the roof of the Detention Center and eventually onto the ground. The inmates made their way to the Centene Corporation within 15 minutes, entered through the secured parking lot and stole a grey 2009 Scion TC with Missouri temporary tags. All inmates left in the stolen vehicle and were last seen on camera traveling in a southerly direction."


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The department further wrote, "All inmates discarded their orange clothing and were seen on camera wearing white thermal leggings, white boxer and/or basketball shorts and white t-shirts. Tucker was wearing a black t-shirt." Describing the charges, they added, "All inmates were being held on felony charges. 3 inmates, LuJuan Tucker, Aaron Sebastian and Kelly McSean - AKA: Larry Bemboom - are known sex offenders being held for crimes committed while confined in the Missouri Department of Corrections Sexual Offender Treatment Center. Dakota Pace and Michael Wilkins were being held on felony warrants. This investigation is on-going. If you know of the location of any of the escaped inmates contact the St. Francois County Sheriff's Department at (573)756-3252 or Joint Communications at (573)431-3131. If you spot any escaped inmate, call 9-1-1 and do not approach the fugitives."


Who are the sex offenders who have escaped?

LuJuan Tucker: Tucker, who has tattoos on both arms, his shoulder, and his back, as per Fox2Now, was convicted in 2003 of raping a 12-year-old girl, according to the state’s sex offender registry. He was sentenced to five years for the crime and while in prison, received a violation of forcible sexual misconduct. He has pending cases for charges including third-degree assault, second-degree sodomy, and damaging state property, states The Sun. He’s described as 5’10, 175 pounds, has black hair, dreadlocks, and a goatee.

Aaron W Sebastian: In 2012, Sebastian pleaded guilty to attempted statutory sodomy of a seven-year-old girl in Greene County, according to the state’s sex offender registry, states The Sun. He was 18 at the time and received a six-year sentence. The St Francois County Sheriff’s Department said he was being held at SORTS on charges of two counts of first degree statutory sodomy, when Sebastian was 15. The victims were 8 and 9, St Louis Post Dispatch reported. In 2007, he received a violation for forcible sexual misconduct while incarcerated. He pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree assault in 2021. He has shoulder-length brown hair.

Kelly McSean: As per police, the 52-year-old transgender woman from Holts Summit has multiple convictions under her previous name, Larry Bemboom, stated St Louis Post Dispatch. She pleaded guilty to sexual assault on a 39-year-old woman in 2003 and was sentenced to five years in prison. She also pleaded guilty to several assault charges in 2014 and faced charges for knowingly committing violence on a SORTS employee. She is 5’9 and 180 pounds, and is bald and has brown eyes.

Who are the other inmates?

Michael Wilkins: Wilkins was in prison for second-degree burglary and violating probation. He pleaded guilty to two counts of felony motor vehicle theft in 2001 and was sentenced to six years for each charge. He received a four-year prison sentence for tampering with a motor vehicle in 2006 and another seven years in 2015 for similar charges. He is described as being 6’1 and around 170 pounds. He has brown hair and is nearly bald.

Dakota Pace: He was held on charges of resisting arrest, stealing, property damage, and tampering with a motor vehicle. He is scheduled for trial later this month on multiple felony counts. He is 5’9 and 150 pounds. He features a brown short hair, brown eyes, and a goatee; and has a small scar on his right cheekbone.

'Terrible season of prison break'

The prison break has kept Twitterati on alert. "This looks like a terrible season of prison break," one wrote. Another said, "This is right in my neck of the woods. It happens more frequently than it should but never heard of 5 guys walking out at once. Crazy." Someone else noted, "Sounds like a Mayor of Kingstown episode."




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