Prosecutors: Lansing prison escapees Scott Gilbert and Allen Hurst tried to kidnap Edgerton mayor
41 Action News Staff
11:35 AM, May 11, 2013
8:36 AM, May 13, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Two of the three men who escaped the Lansing Correctional Facility Friday each face 12 felony charges for stealing a car, firing at police and attempting to kidnap the mayor of a small Missouri town.
Scott A. Gilbert, 49, and Allen M. Hurst, 31, are both charged with four counts of first degree assault on an officer, five counts of armed criminal action, one count of resisting arrest by fleeing, one count of kidnapping and one count of tampering with a vehicle, Platte County prosecutor Eric Zahnd announced Saturday.
The two men, along with Randy A. Ridens Sr., 57, were discovered missing from a minimum security portion of Lansing prison during a head count at 7:20 a.m. Friday, prison spokesman Jeremy Barclay said. Minimum security means there was no barbed wire or fencing outside the building.
Around 10 a.m., Platte County authorities attempted to stop Gilbert and Hurst in a vehicle that was reported stolen. A chase ensued and police say the men fired shots at four different Platte County sheriffs' deputies.
Zahnd said at some point, the men approached the mayor of Edgerton, Mo., pointed a gun at him and told him to get in their car. He refused and they drove away.
The men abandoned the car near a house on Z Highway just outside Edgerton and went inside.
Gilbert and Hurst were convicted in Sedgwick County in 2010 of multiple counts of burglary and theft. Ridens was convicted in Shawnee and Douglas counties in 2010 of multiple counts of burglary and one count of theft.