SWAR prison escapee back in custody

Arkansas escapee blames his counselor

MILLER COUNTY, Ark. (KSLA) — In all, it was less than 24 hours of freedom for an Arkansas prisoner who escaped from a state lockup in Texarkana on Monday morning.

Charles Hausner, 37, was escorted in the Miller County Correctional Facility on Tuesday morning.

He had escaped from the Southwest Arkansas Community Correction Center.

"We have a whole lot of enemies," Hausner said. "I didn't feel comfortable. I went to my counselor several times and he just ignored me."

Hausner was serving a three-year prison sentence on drug charges. He now faces an an additional five years for escape. And Hausner will be transferred from Southwest Arkansas Community Correction Center to a maximum-security prison.

“At one point, I gave him a letter stating I wasn’t comfortable with him being my counselor and he gave the letter back to me,” Hausner said.

Hausner escaped while on an outside work detail and was captured less than five miles from the work location, authorities said.

They believe he acted alone in his escape.

Just after 8 a.m. Tuesday, Miller County dispatchers received a call of a man fitting the description of the escapee walking on railroad tracks in Genoa, Ark.

“He said he had been out in the weather all night and was cold and wet,” said Miller County Deputy Phillip Ray, who answered the call and found Hausner walking down County Road 295.

“I expected him to run,” the deputy said. “But when I called him over to me and he came right over that he wasn’t going to put up much of a fight. He was ready to get in some dry clothes and have a meal.”

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