Prison Escapees May Not Return To Oklahoma For Months

Wednesday, July 12th 2006, 2:30 pm
By: News On 6

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Two men who were found in Wisconsin after escaping from the Lexington Correctional Center may not be back in Oklahoma for months.

Cleveland County prosecutors charged 32-year-old Benjamin Beck and 24-year-old Truman Gross earlier this week with first-degree robbery, kidnapping and larceny of a vehicle.

District Attorney Tim Kuykendall says both were charged with escape shortly after their July second disappearance from the prison.

The pair were arrested on Monday in Monroe County, Wisconsin, after being chased by police.

Kuykendall says they face charges in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Arkansas for crimes they are accused of committing. He says those states may get to prosecute them before they are returned to Oklahoma.

The men allegedly held a Lexington man against his will, robbed him of guns and stole a pickup truck.

A Minnesota couple reported being robbed at gunpoint Sunday night. And a Bella Vista, Arkansas, couple said two men robbed them of cash, credit cards and a car.