Final Lansing escapee caught in Topeka, 2 others apprehended in Clinton Co.

CLINTON COUNTY, Mo. - UPDATE: The final of three inmates who escaped from a Lansing prison was apprehended Friday night in Topeka, Kan. The other two escapees were caught after a standoff in Clinton County, Mo., that afternoon.


A six-hour standoff involving two of the three escaped inmates from the Lansing Correctional Facility ended just before 5 p.m. Friday. Authorities said the two men are now custody and they are searching for the third.

The standoff started after the two fired at police, prompting a chase that led to a home on Z Highway just outside the city of Edgerton, Mo., police said.

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The escaped inmates, Scott A. Gilbert, 49, Allen M. Hurst, 31, and Randy A. Ridens Sr., 57, were discovered missing from a minimum security portion of the Lansing Correctional Facility in Lansing, Kan., during a head count at 7:20 a.m. Friday, prison spokesman Jeremy Barclay said.

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There was no barbed wire or fencing outside the minimum-security facility.

Gilbert and Hurst, who were involved in the standoff, exited through the back of the home after speaking with negotiators for several hours. They peacefully surrendered to police and were taken into custody.

Ridens' whereabouts remain unknown. Police said he shaved off all his facial hair prior to escaping.

Authorities said they are searching a concentrated area in the Basehor and Linwood areas.

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