FLORENCE — The four men who escaped from the Lauderdale County Detention Center on Saturday night each face the additional charge of second-degree escape, officials said.
“Right now it’s second-degree escape; that could be updated by the grand jury once the cases are presented,” said Travis Clemmons, chief investigator with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office.
All four men — Ricky Dewayne Lawson, 28, of Lexington, Robert Lee Brown, 20, of Sheffield, Damien Lee Nix, 23, of Russellville, and Wesley Lee Gibson, 27, of Florence — are back in custody.
They are accused of climbing through an air-conditioning duct to the roof of the detention center and escaping through the fence late Saturday night, officials said.
Lawson and Brown were arrested Wednesday night in Evergreen, which is in Conecuh County in the extreme southern part of the state. Gibson is in jail in Santa Rosa County, Fla.
Nix, who was arrested about a mile from the detention center on East Limestone Street, is back in the detention center.
Clemmons said Lawson, Brown and Gibson all have pending charges of theft and burglaries in the area where they were arrested.
Lawson also has a charge of giving false information to law enforcement after he claimed to be his cousin when he and Brown were stopped by police Wednesday evening.
Authorities said Gibson was caught in Navarre, Fla., southeast of Pensacola, Fla., on the panhandle. He is accused of breaking into a church, and officials believe he was trying to get keys to a church vehicle.
Clemmons said apparently the vehicle Gibson was in was stolen from a Wal-Mart parking lot.
He said Lawson and Brown were still driving the truck Ricky Lawson’s father, Earnest Earl Lawson, lent the men when they escaped from the detention center.
Earnest Earl Lawson was arrested Sunday and charged with first-degree escape because he picked up his son, Brown and Gibson and then gave them the truck and money, officials said.
He is out of jail on bail of $50,000.
Clemmons said he is unsure when Lawson, Brown and Gibson will be brought back to Lauderdale County.
Tom Smith can be reached at 256-740-5757 or tom.smith@TimesDaily.com.