Prisoner walks out of jail, sets off hunt in Ark.


BATESVILLE, Ark. - Authorities on Thursday were looking for a prisoner who reportedly eluded an inattentive guard and walked out the back door of the Independence County jail the night before.

Gary Andrew Johns, 35, was awaiting trial on charges of firstdegree battery and being a felon in possession of a firearm, Capt. Bill Lindsey of the sheriff's office said.

"We're looking into what happened, how it happened," Lindsey said. "He just walked out the back door. The guard wasn't paying attention." Johns was being held in lieu of $250,000 bond.

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