Authorities Seek 4 Inmates After Escape From Illinois Jail

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
July 8, 2021USshare
Authorities Seek 4 Inmates After Escape From Illinois Jail
Cody Villalobos, Eugene Roets, Jesse Davis, and Zachary Hart in an undated file photo. (Fulton County Sheriff's Department via AP)

LEWISTOWN—Four inmates escaped from a county jail in western Illinois and authorities advised area residents to remain locked in their homes as they searched Thursday for the men.

Fulton County deputies learned of the escape Wednesday night after one inmate went missing from a cell block in the jail in Lewistown, about 210 miles southwest of Chicago, authorities said. It was later determined that three others also were missing.

Authorities didn’t immediately say how the men escaped, but said they should be considered armed and dangerous.

As of Thursday morning, Jesse Davis, 35, Cody Villalobos, 26, Zachary Hart, 36, and Eugene Roets, 23, had not been captured.

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This undated photo provided by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department in Lewistown, Ill. shows Jesse Davis. (Fulton County Sheriff’s Department via AP)
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This undated photo provided by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department in Lewistown, Ill. shows Cody Villalobos. (Fulton County Sheriff’s Department via AP)
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This undated photo provided by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department in Lewistown, Ill. shows Zachary Hart. (Fulton County Sheriff’s Department via AP)
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This undated photo provided by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department in Lewistown, Ill. shows Eugene Roets. (Fulton County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

Davis was being held on charges including methamphetamine possession and possession of a weapon by a felon, while Villalobos faced charges including methamphetamine possession and resisting/obstructing police.

Hart was being held on charges including home invasion, possession of a firearm by a felon and fleeing police, while Roets faced charges including methamphetamine possession and possession of a firearm by a felon.

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