FAIRVIEW, Okla. (KSNW) – A manhunt for two escaped inmates is underway. The inmates are believed to be armed.
Authorities said Darren Walp and Andrew Foy overpowered two transport officers and took the prison van in northern Oklahoma. It happened near the small town of Fairview.
Walp is from Liberal, and was being driven to the jail there, while Foy was on his way to Wyoming.
Walp has a bench warrant for failing to appear in court.
“They overpowered a couple of guards, it sounds like, and they stone one of their vans, and they ended up stealing a second vehicle,” said Capt. Jared Ratzlaff, Liberal Police Department.
Liberal police are keeping an eye out for a maroon Dodge Ram with Oklahoma tags DEL244.
“We don’t really show any connection here other than the warrant right now,” explained Ratzlaff. “We don’t have any reason to believe he’s coming here versus anywhere else at this point, but we are looking for the vehicle, looking for him just in case.”
Authorities believe the inmates are armed. They found the stolen transport van with an empty gun holster inside. Anyone who sees the Dodge Ram is urged to be very careful.
“Call local law enforcement immediately. Don’t try to chase it. Don’t try to confront them. Don’t do anything like that,” said Ratzlaff. “Let us do our job.”
Ratzlaff said these kind of escapes are rare.
“All the time that I’ve been here, this is one of very few. I can probably count on one time, on one hand how many times this has happened,” added Ratzlaff.
Police are hopeful it won’t be long before the inmates are back in custody.
“They usually find them pretty quick,” explained Ratzlaff. “I can’t think of any time that they weren’t found in a reasonable amount of time.”