Tahlequah Daily Press

August 5, 2013

Convicted killer remains at large

Local authorities say the man should be considered armed and dangerous, with ‘nothing to lose.’

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Authorities on Monday night continued their search for a convicted killer who escaped the Adair County Jail late Sunday.

Carlos Locust, 25, fled, along with 37-year-old Mark Pack, after the two overpowered a jail officer, authorities in Adair County said.

Pack, who was in jail for allegedly shooting a Westville police officer in 2012, was captured about three blocks from the jail Monday morning.

Locust is to be considered armed and dangerous, Adair County Sheriff David Hardin said.

“Based on what I’ve gathered from him at this point, he has nothing to lose, so he’ll probably do what he needs” to elude police, Hardin said.

The sheriff said Locust could have found a cave to hide in somwhere in Adair County, but law enforcement officials said they are following up on all tips.

Locust was sentenced this year to 30 years in state prison for first-degree manslaughter, a reduced charge from his original charge of murder. He was in jail in Stilwell awaiting transportation to a state facility.

Authorities said Locust was one of three people involved in the 2012 beating death of Steven Buckner, who was found lying on the side of a road outside Stilwell.

Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault said late Monday that members of the sheriff’s office who are commissioned by the District 27 Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force were assisting in the search.

“We are still following up on tips,” Chennault said.

He also confirmed authorities responded to the Tailholt and Welling areas Monday afternoon to check a possible sighting, but were unable to make any confirmation that Locust was in the area. Chennault said there had been no confirmed tips of a sighting as of 7 p.m. Monday.

At that point, Locust had last been seen in his orange jail uniform in the Davis Mountain area near the jail.

Anyone with information about Locust is asked to call 911.