Local posse rounds up escapee in New Stu, says AST

Oct 10, 2017

Update: Dawson Andrew, 18, located and taken into custody by posse of local volunteers.

18-year-old Dawson Andrew escaped custody twice after an arrest on domestic violence assault charges, say troopers.
Credit courtesy Alaska State Troopers

This article was updated Thursday morning:  A New Stuyahok teenager is in custody at the Dillingham jail following a pair of alleged escapes this week in the village.

According to state troopers, more than a dozen New Stuyahok residents formed a posse to track 18-year-old Dawson Andrew down Wednesday. He was found some ways outside of the village, brought back to the local lockup and later flown under guard to Dillingham.

Andrew was arrested Sunday on domestic violence assault charges, and escaped that same day after he was let out to smoke. After he was recaptured Monday, he later escaped a second time, though the circumstances of how that occurred are being investigated by AST.

Original story below:

A New Stuyahok man was back out on the lam Tuesday after escaping a second time from the village lock-up.  

State troopers from Dillingham responded to help look for 18-year-old Dawson Andrew, who allegedly forced his way out of his cell Monday while the guard or guards were not keeping a close eye.

On Sunday, after his initial arrest, Andrew escaped after a guard let him out to smoke a cigarette.

Village police found Andrew Monday morning after his first escape, but as of Tuesday afternoon the young man was still at-large.

Andrew was arrested Sunday on charges of domestic violence assault. 

State troopers say they are also now looking into whether the jail staff should be reprimanded or face charges for the lapses in security.

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