A citizen’s tip has resulted in authorities finding and capturing one of two escapees from a Jefferson County jail.

At about 4 p.m. Thursday, a citizen called 911 in Pine Bluff and reported that a person fitting the description of escapee Noah Roush, 22, was inside an abandoned home in the area of 19th Avenue and Plum Street, according to a news release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.


Capt. Yohance Brunson arrived in the area and spotted Roush, who tried to flee on foot. “Brunson gave chase and was able to take Roush [into] custody” with the help of two officers from Southeast Arkansas College’s Department of Public Safety, the release said.

Maj. John Bean of the sheriff’s office said today that no one was harmed in the arrest of Roush and said the person who gave authorities the tip will get a reward.


Authorities also have offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the capture and return to custody of the other escapee, Jatonia Bryant, 23. Bryant was jailed on a capital murder charge.

“We’re still currently out looking for him as we speak,” Bean said, noting that authorities have some leads.


Roush was jailed on residential burglary and theft of property charges. He also was a suspect in a homicide.

Authorities have asked anyone with information related to Bryant’s location to contact the Metropolitan Emergency Communication Association at 870-541-5300, Brunson at 870-692-3376, or Lt. Terry Wingard at 870-510-0395.


Here’s the original search poster for the two men.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office