SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas - All schools in Sulphur Springs have been placed on lockdown as authorities search for two men, including a capital murder suspect, who escaped from jail at about 8 a.m. Tuesday in Hopkins County.
Brian Allen Tucker, a 45-year-old capital murder suspect, and John Marlin King, a 40-year-old evading arrest suspect, escaped from the recreation yard at the Hopkins County Jail, located at Rosemont and Fleming streets in Sulphur Springs, according to Deputy Alvin Jordan.
The two men, who were segregated from others in the Hopkins County Jail, were able to escape through a gap between a fence and gate, the deputy said.
"The way I understood, they squeezed between the gate and the fence that had a little chain around it," he said.
Jordan said a jail employee monitors the recreation yard by watching surveillance cameras placed around the yard.
"Undoubtedly, they slipped out and he looked and they were gone," Jordan said.
Jordan said they found jail uniforms on nearby train tracks as they searched for the men. The deputy said both men are considered dangerous.
Tucker is accused of fatally strangling Bobby Riley with a shoelace during a 2011 robbery, according to an indictment. Tucker was previously convicted of burglarizing a building and driving while intoxicated at least three times, the indictment read.
Tucker is 5'7", 171 pounds and has brown hair, brown eyes, medium build and a light mustache and goatee. He also has tattoo of a barbed wire design on his neck.
King is 5'8", 165 pounds and has black hair, hazel eyes, medium build and a light mustache and goatee.
Deputies warned residents to draw their window shades as the search for the men continues.
WFAA's David Schechter contributed to this report