Escaped Arkansas inmate still on the run

TUNICA COUNTY, Miss. — An escaped Arkansas inmate and convicted rapist is still on the run.

Authorities continue an active search for Samuel Paul Hartman, 38.

Authorities believe Hartman crossed over into Tunica County, Mississippi by boat Friday afternoon.

Search crews raided a trailer in an RV park on Carp Drive Friday night following sightings of two women believed to be Hartman’s mom Linda White and sister Misty Hartman.

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“I recognized the blonde-haired girl. I saw the two gals yesterday and they left in a black truck,” said Sheryl Allen, a neighbor in the RV park.

Allen said she watched the raid from a nearby window.

“I was scared. I didn’t know what to do. They all had their rifles aiming at the RV and they did some warning shots, and on the intercom, they were telling them to come out that they were all surrounded.”

Neighbors also pointed out a white Chevy SUV left on the property that was said to belong to the suspects.

“That’s there’s. That’s what they came in with, and then there was a white truck that’s gone. The white truck is the one that brought the ski-doo in.”

It’s unclear whether the other white truck is the 2021 Chevy Z71 Trail Boss authorities are on the lookout for. The truck bears Arkansas license plate number 398 ZVY or none at all.

According to neighbors, the women would come in and out of the trailer, never staying long.

Residents said they left the location well before the raid around 1 o’clock in the afternoon.

“They really didn’t talk to anybody, and they didn’t stay very long, so really nobody really got to know them. They didn’t talk to anybody. They kind of just stayed to themselves.”

The hunt continues for Hartman and his accomplices. According to law enforcement, Hartman is believed to have ties to Tulsa, Oklahoma and Wyoming.

Anyone with information regarding Hartman’s whereabouts is urged to contact local authorities or the East Arkansas Regional Unit at 870-295-4700.