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1/19/2012 6:01:00 AM
Mohave County Jail inmate escapes outside Kingman courthouse
RODNEY HAAS/ MinerAuthorities coordinate search efforts after the escape of a Mohave County Jail inmate who was being brought to court Wednesday.
RODNEY HAAS/ Miner

Authorities coordinate search efforts after the escape of a Mohave County Jail inmate who was being brought to court Wednesday.
Darren Morrison
Darren Morrison
CONTACT
Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of

Morrison, should call Mohave County Sheriff's Office at (928) 753-0753 or Silent Witness at (928) 753-1234.


Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter


Law enforcement presence was heavy in downtown Kingman Wednesday after the escape of a Mohave County Jail inmate who was headed to court.

The inmate, 26-year-old Darren Morrison, was scheduled to appear in Mohave Superior Court Wednesday morning for what is referred to as an omnibus hearing.

Mohave County Sheriff's Spokeswoman Trish Carter said Morrison escaped from the transport van behind the courthouse as he was being unloaded. It's not clear how many other inmates were in the van at the time.

Morrison was wearing his jail issued shirt and pants, but shed them shortly after his escape.

Carter said detectives reviewing phone conversations from the jail determined that Morrison's wife, 24-year-old Ashley Morrison, had purchased food and survival equipment to facilitate Morrison's escape. She was arrested at her home in the 300 block of Copper Street and is charged with conspiracy to commit escape.

Authorities were looking for a dark-colored station wagon seen in the area of the courthouse around the time of the escape.

This isn't the first time Morrison has run from law enforcement. Last October, he sparked a manhunt in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area when he fled from a park ranger who tried to pull him over. The ranger chased Morrison's car for about a half mile before Morrison abandoned the vehicle and ran into the desert.

He was arrested weeks later on Oct. 20 in Panama City Beach, Fla.

Morrison is a white male, 6-foot-3, weighing 195 pounds and has brown hair and green eyes. The public should not approach or contact Morrison.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Morrison is asked to contact Mohave County Sheriff's Office at (928) 753-0753 or Silent Witness at (928) 753-1234.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012
Article comment by: Dan G

What kind of reprimand did the jailer receive ? I believe he deserves some kind of punishment. Granted the idiot ran but,It seems to me that the prisoner was in shackles for a reason. Shouldn't it be the jailers responsibility to check the shackles before allowing the prisoner to exit the vehicle. It is always possible that someone can pick a lock. duh! As far as the key goes, you would think the court room would be checked at the beginning and end of each session.You know just in case of something like a key or a weapon or even worse. You would think that a Judge would always want to feel safe in his or her court room. They have these things that kind of look like a mirror on a stick. They could look under chairs and things without (God forbid) bending over. Had these precautions, been taken we could have saved the law enforcement officers and tax payers a lot of time and money.

Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2012
Article comment by: Beverly Johnson

Last Sept 17th I filed a police report on Darren and Ashley Morrison, but they told me there last name was Davies, they rented a room from me and moved out during the night taking all kinds of things from my house, TVs bedding dvds, book shelf for the dvds to many to list, I am hoping they get both of them and they do some time they deserve it, bad news people

Posted: Friday, January 20, 2012
Article comment by: DARRYL JOCHENS

Something centered around deficient supervision of those being transported rings out here. A man dressed in orange, shackled and handcuffed outruns,
outsmarts, and out thinks his guards. Was this escape at gun point or was it a lunch break for guards? Seems an internal ivestigation might be considered.


Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Article comment by: Angry Parent

What has it been... 5 escapes is as many years?
Quite a record!


Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Article comment by: Gabby B


BTW... what would make someone believes they CAN leave their doors unlocked when someone escapes from prison/jail, whatever? I don't do that anyway.


Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Article comment by: Gabby B

How the hell did he escape so easy? Aren't prisoners supposed to be shackled and cuffed?


Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Article comment by: F A

Too busy writing tickets for folks that drive eight miles over the speed limits.

Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Article comment by: Anthony Puglia

why didnt they make the shackles tight? and isnt it when an inmate gets transported, officers are literally breathing down their neck WATCHING THEIR EVERY MOVE. or mabe im wrong... hmmm...somethings not right here...

Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Article comment by: Wing him nexttime

Ok...This guy is no genious. He hatched a simple plan and had his braindead wife to help him.

Its no doubt he'll get caught soon enough. However, Dont expect him the help out his wife.
She's right where she belongs. I hope the judge keeps her in jail until she grows a brain.

After this guy gets caught again. You know he's going to get drunk and brag about how he out smarted the law. He'll be a third time loser.

I say next time he makes a break for it. Blow his dang Kneecap off it should have been done this time. The only way to stop him from running is to hobble him. He obviously has zero respect for anything including his wife. Why should he not got shot by the police? I would supply the ammo anytime.


Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Article comment by: Robin Carpenter

I saw this on the miners web sit yesterday early AM and watch the news, it was not on there untill today, if it had been submitted to the TV news maybe he would have been cought by now. Once again Kingman behind the times.

Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Article comment by: Concerned Citizen

Exactly what is an omnibus hearing for those of us who haven't had a criminal record? And what is this guy doing time for? Is he dangerous? Should we lock our doors? You left me asking more questions than getting answers... its scary enough in todays world with crazy people walking the streets, then you go and tell us that a guy escaped from a police transport van... where were the armed guards?

Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Article comment by: my my 101 mr.c.

sounds to me, Mohave co. needs an amber alert of some sort. This guy ran once, did they think he wouldn't try again? or maybe this was a set up. with the statements made in the article above in "my" opinion they gave him a length of rope and he hung he's self. you did say, there is a shortage of inmates.

Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Article comment by: j dizzle

awe ha, there we go now i know who to look out for, and randy, you hit the nail on the head. this falls back on our almighty sheriff's department not kpd since it is the "county jail" guards that let him slip away.

Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Article comment by: Oh No

He probably had his ride ready and waiting to book to Las Vegas. It only takes about a minute flat from the court to be well on your way.

Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Article comment by: Dog the Bounty Hunter

I will catch this rascal!

Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Article comment by: Randy --

I disagree, I find that the KPD do a superior job as a general rule. This break away had nothing to do with them. With regard to their not being able to locate him, there's an abundance of empty and abandoned buildings down there and area to hide. Plus, from what I heard according to a guy that I know who lives down there and saw the inmate running, he had jumped out of his prison orange jumpsuit and into civilian clothing. By the time they were notified and arrived on scene, the inmate could've been way out of the area having gone unnoticed.

Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Article comment by: BOBO CLOWN

All the cops in & around Kingman are Keystone cops

Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Article comment by: KO TAY

SS ....you hit the nail on the head. Remember the bank robbers who fled on bicycless. The guy who robbed the 66 store and walked away. This guy didn't even need a car in this town waste of gas. I guess there isn't enough money involved they would so rather get DUI (understandably), speeding tickets, license plate light not working, than catch criminals. Maybe they think if they do things like the prison they will get more money.

Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Article comment by: Jonathon Walker

They didn't catch this guy yesterday?! What the Hell man. Call in dog the bounty hunter!

Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Article comment by: j izzle

wouldn't it help out better if they posted a picture of the guy with the article. might make it easier for citizens to help keep an eye out. not tryin to tell ya how to do your jobs but just a suggestion


Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Article comment by: G Ma

Is this guy related to Houdini ???

Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Article comment by: ss dd

Wow the corrections department in this town is starting to look like the Keystone cops.



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