Prosecutors have charged two Independence County people with felonies under the habitual offender statute.
Court records say Matthew C. Thomas (pictured), 28, of Floral has been charged with felony escape. Thomas was in the Community Service program in Independence County through the district court when he walked off his work assignment last week. (For more on this story, click here.)
At the time, he was last seen at the Valero station and convenience store in Pleasant Plains. He had been working on a trash pickup truck.
Local authorities put out a BOLO (be on the lookout for) on Thomas, and U. S. Marshalls took him into custody in a small town near Fort Worth, Tex. Authorities said he and his wife were traveling in a U-Haul truck she had rented. Chief Deputy Sheriff Aaron Moody said the case is still open.
Since Thomas has previously been convicted of four or more felonies, he is being charged as a habitual offender. His bond was set at $50,000.
The second person charged in circuit court by the Prosecuting Attorney’s office is Rajeana Rose Adkisson, 48.
After a traffic stop last Saturday, Narcotics Investigator Johnny Byler said meth and drug paraphernalia were found in her purse. In addition to the two felonies, she is being charged as a habitual offender having been previously convicted of more than two, but less than four felonies.
Adkisson’s bond was set at $5,000. She has bonded out of jail.
Image via Independence County Sheriff’s Department
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