Escapee Captured


A man who escaped from a Dallas County jail around midnight Saturday, was captured in Drew County Monday morning shortly after 11 a.m. when he was observed getting into a vehicle at an automated teller machine near a store across from the Drew County Road Department on U.S. 278 E.

Paul Grice, 38, escaped from the Dallas County jail where he was awaiting bed space at the Arkansas Department of Correction. He has a lengthy criminal history which includes second-degree murder, theft and burglary convictions in Jefferson County in 1998 as well as felony convictions in Bradley County, according to ADC records.

Upon arrest, Grice was taken to the Drew County Detention Center where he will remain until he is transported back to Dallas County.

A search team of 40 individuals from numerous agencies were on hand during the arrest, according to Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober.

Previous Reports

Sunday, authorities from Drew, Bradley and Dallas counties, along with the Arkansas Department of Correction, were searching an area around Montongo in northern Drew County and stopping cars along U.S. 425 North.

Later, around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, ADC dogs were taken to Bradley County because someone who knows Grice believed they saw him in that county in the Farmerville area.

“I understand they are bringing the dogs back because the dog team personnel and investigators determined it to be a false sighting,” said Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober.

Gober said it possible that Grice left the area in an unknown vehicle.

Between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday, the escapee’s cell phone pinged four times on cell towers indicating that he may be in the Western Pines subdivision area in Monticello. His phone was tracked to that area, but he was not seen, according to Gober.