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US Marshals join manhunt for AZ jail escapee

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Wade Dickinson (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office) Wade Dickinson (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

U.S. Marshals are joining the manhunt for an Arizona inmate who escaped from a central Arizona jail.

U.S. Marshal David Gonzales of the Arizona District said Thursday that federal agents will work with local officials to locate Wade Cole Dickinson, who escaped from the Camp Verde Detention Center at around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

A $5,000 reward has been posted for information leading to his capture.

Wade Dickinson, 28, was facing a possible 24-year prison sentence when he scaled a wall in the recreation yard at around 2:30 p.m., Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

Dickinson separated overhead security fencing to access the roof and climbed down to ground level, D'Evelyn said. The prisoner then ran across the parking area and was seen attempting to steal a small pickup truck parked outside a business located along Highway 260 in front of the jail.

When the business owners came outside, Dickinson ran across Highway 260 and then east along Old Highway 279 out of sight. The owners immediately called YCSO. The jail was quickly locked down and following a head count, Dickinson was confirmed missing, D'Evelyn said. 

YCSO said it received a credible report just before 11 p.m. that Dickinson was seen on Middle Verde Road in the area of Interstate 17. A search comprised of multiple agencies and tracking dogs was unsuccessful. 

Dickinson apparently changed clothes and is believed to be wearing a white button-up shirt, khaki pants and dirty, dark socks, sheriff's investigators said. 

An internal review into the escape incident is underway, D'Evelyn said. 

Motorists are urged to remain on alert for suspicious persons and use caution when entering their vehicles.

Dickinson was concluding several criminal cases involving fraud schemes, false reporting of a stolen vehicle, theft, prohibited possession of a firearm, weapons misconduct and possession of dangerous drugs. The crimes against business associates, friends and an insurance company occurred while he was on probation.

Dickinson reportedly has family in the Camp Verde and Prescott Valley communities, D'Evelyn said. Dickinson has a martial arts background and is an avid outdoorsman.

He is described as 6'1" tall and weighs 190 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair.

People who know of his whereabouts are asked to call the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office at 928-771-3260 or your local law enforcement agency.

The reward has been posted by Yavapai County Silent Witness. 

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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