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Texas authorities say escaped inmates release woman but another taken hostage


DALLAS (AP) – Two fugitives released one hostage only to take another Sunday before fleeing authorities who have been tracking them for four days.

The inmates, Bob Leach, 38, and Gerald Gantt, 45, left hostage Joyce Silvius at a home they had broken into, then abducted a second woman from the house, police said.

The fugitives belong to a gang of five inmates who escaped Thursday from the Grayson County Jail, about 60 miles north of Dallas. Police have so far captured three of the men.

Silvius, 59, was released unharmed Sunday near Bonham, about 70 miles northeast of Dallas. She had been abducted Friday from a horse stable about 30 miles south of the jail.

”She said she’s fine, not hurt and a little dirty,” said Silvius’ husband J.P. Jones.

Police on Sunday received a 911 call from a man who said his wife was abducted and his sports utility vehicle stolen by two men. The caller said the fugitives bound him with rope and cut his phone lines before taking her. They left Silvius at the home.

Leach and Gantt also stole weapons from the home, the Grayson County Sheriff’s office said.

The five inmates escaped from the jail by crawling through the ventilation system and tunneling through a dirt floor in the basement. All had been jailed on various charges including assault, kidnapping and child rape, authorities said.

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