What began last week as a prisoner walking away from a work detail has now escalated to some serious charges for 39 year old James Lundry. Lundry is believed to have stolen a vehicle before leaving Lawrence County and has been seen several times in the Pocahontas area of the weekend.
Around 11:30 pm on Sunday night, Lundry is believed to have stolen a van from Taylor-Cox Funeral Home in Pocahontas, a 2006 Pontiac Montana with damage to the passenger mirror and taillight.
Lundry then broken into the residence of a police officer, stole a .40 caliber handgun, ammunition, a knife and a bullet proof vest. He also threatened the officerâ€™s wife with the gun when she found him in the home. Lundry then shot the family dog, wounding it and fired two more shots into the home.
Sunday nights events sparked a large search by several agencies. Pocahontas Officers were joined by Randolph County Sheriffâ€™s Deputies, Lawrence County Sheriffâ€™s Deputies, Walnut Ridge Police Officers, the Arkansas Game and Fish and Arkansas State Police.
The Arkansas State Police brought in a helicopter to search from the air while members of the Lawrence County Sheriffâ€™s Office set up multiple road blocks and assisted with searches through out the night.
Lundry is still at large, considered armed and dangerous. Local schools are on lockdown as a precaution according to law enforcement.Â If seen contact 9-1-1 or local law enforcement.
On May 4, 2012 James F. Lundry (08/05/72) (white male) of Pocahontas was on work detail at the Walnut Ridge City Park. At about 12:30 pm Lundry walked away from his work assignment while the work crew was on lunch break. A short time later a black 2001 Ford Expedition was taken from a residence on Robin Lane in Walnut Ridge. Witnesses say a black male was seen taking the vehicle. A 911 call from the owner at 1:05 pm alerted officers of the stolen vehicle. A short time later the vehicle was spotted in Pocahontas by the estranged wife of Lundry driving by her residence; she called it in and said it was Lundry in the vehicle and that he was alone in the vehicle. Officers responded to the residence and surrounding area but did not locate Lundry or the vehicle. Officers spoke with family members of Lundry and they told officers that they felt he might try to get to St. Louis. Lundry was in Jail on charges of illegal use of vouchers (food stamps). Lundry is a white male age 39, medium build, brown eyes, 5ft 11inches tall and weighs about 155 lbs., he keeps his head shaved and has a little bit of facial hair. He also has tattoos on his left eye of a tear, on his back, chest and arms. If any sees Lundry please call the Lawrence County Sheriffâ€™s Office at 870-886-2525 or your local law enforcement. You can also send tips on this case or any other to firstname.lastname@example.org .
For more information on the Lawrence County Sheriffâ€™s Office, visit their website at www.lawrencecountysheriffsoffice.com .