CONNERSVILLE, Ind. -- Authorities in Fayette County are searching for three men who each escaped from a community corrections program.
The Fayette County Sheriff's Department says arrest warrants for 20-year-old Sean Bannon, 21-year-old Austin Carr and 22-year-old John Curtsinger have been issued. Each is for escape, a Level 6 felony.
“I believe anytime there is a criminal out there that has an escape charge pending, they could be a danger to the community,” says Assistant Director of Fayette County Community Corrections Steve Bills.
Bannon has been gone for six months. He was serving time for burglary and theft and was in Ohio on work release when he took off his GPS bracelet.
“We got a strap tamper notification on his bracelet and were unable to make contact with him. Myself and another officer went to where we got the tamper notification from and located our bracelet in a dumpster at a gas station in Ohio,” says Bills.
Then last month, Carr was on home detention serving time for committing residential entry and theft with Bannon. He removed his ankle bracelet after letting the battery die on the device on July 15th when he was working in Greensburg.
Curtsinger, while participating in the work release program, said he needed to go to the emergency room on July 16th. He cut his ankle bracelet off that day and hasn't been seen since.
“They located his bracelet in a trash can on the second floor of the hospital,” says Bills.
The work release facility in Fayette County is a freestanding facility where those in the program can only leave for work, then must come right back to the facility following their shift. Officials say the three men acted separately.
In the past, the Fayette County Correctional Center has dealt with the few cases of escaped inmates on their own. But now, with three inmates on the run they are rethinking their policies and asking the public for help.
Officials said they wanted this information to be released so residents could keep an eye out for them, especially with the county fair coming up soon.
Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call the Sheriff's office at (765) 825-1110 or police dispatch at (765) 825-2111.