3 Kansas prison escapees back in custody

TOPEKA, Kansas – A third inmate who walked away from a northeast Kansas prison is now in custody. Two other escaped inmates were taken into custody earlier in northwest Missouri

Kansas corrections officials say Randy Ridens Sr., 57, was apprehended as he was entering the city of Topeka. He was immediately taken back to the Lansing prison where he escaped.

The Platte County (Mo.) Sheriff’s Office says the two other inmates emerged from a rural home late Friday afternoon after hours of negotiations. Capt. Erik Holland says 31-year-old Allen M. Hurst and 49-year-old Scott A. Gilbert walked out from under a back deck and surrendered without incident.

The pair had been holed up in the house Friday morning, sometime after escaping Lansing Correctional Facility in Kansas around 7:30 a.m.

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