Update: Surveillance Video Shows Garland County Detention Center Escape

33-year-old Derrick Estell was still on the loose Monday afternoon, one day after breaking out of jail.
Tamara Upshaw. Photo courtesy: Garland County Sheriff's Office.
Tamara Upshaw. Photo courtesy: Garland County Sheriff's Office.
Update (July 29):
HOT SPRINGS, AR - The Garland County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) continues to look for a man who escaped from its jail on Sunday afternoon.

Deputies say they have received dozens of leads and are working relentlessly to follow up on all of them. As of now (3:45 p.m. Monday), Derrick Estell, 33, is still on the loose.

This afternoon, the GCSO released surveillance video of the escape and provided the following details about how Estell got away:
  • After being brought back from the Arkansas Department of Correction for court, Estell was on an inmate phone in the booking area, in close proximity to a 12” high by 30” wide walk-up service window. 
  • William Harding, who is currently in custody on First Degree Escape (charge to be amended to Assisting in or Furnishing an implement for Escape), engaged our deputies in a conversation in relation to another inmate by asking them questions that diverted their attention and required them to go to the other side of the booking room to look up answers. Once the deputies were away from the window, Estell jumped the counter and slid out the window, with one of our deputies immediately following him through. This was during inmate visitation and there were only 2 deputies in the booking room at the time.
  • Estell fled through our parking lot, with our deputy following, into the alleyway between the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Senior Care Center on Woodbine.
  • Tamara Upshaw (who now has a warrant out for her arrest for Assisting in or Furnishing an Implement for Escape) was waiting in the alleyway, in a vehicle owned by Harding, with the passenger door open. Estell was able to close the door and Upshaw began driving away as our deputy attempted to bust out the passenger window, causing slight injury to his hands, and gain access to Estell. The vehicle was located abandoned a few minutes later on Greenwood Avenue by the Hot Springs Police Department.
Investigators have reason to believe that others are involved in the planned escape and are working to confirm the information received and issue warrants for their arrest. At this time, those names are being withheld, but could include family members, friends and other inmates of the both the Garland County Detention Center and Arkansas Department of Correction.

Original story (July 28):
GARLAND COUNTY, AR-- The Garland County Sheriff's Office is reporting that 33-year-old Derrick Estell has escaped.

Authorities say Derrick Estell escaped from the Garland County Detention Center at approximately 1:40 p.m. this afternoon, in an apparent elaborate plan, with an unknown female.

He was brought back from the Arkansas Department of Correction, for court in Garland County on pending charges.

Estell was back for court on 26 different charges, including Aggravated Robbery, Burglary, B&E, Thefts, Fleeing.
"Estell and his accomplice should be considered to be armed, dangerous and extremely aggressive. Anyone coming into contact with them should use extreme caution, notify local law enforcement immediately and refrain from trying to detain them."
Additional information will follow as soon as it is available.

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