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5 arrested after inmates riot at Crawford County jail

March 13, 2019

VAN BUREN, Ark. (AP) — Five people have been charged after inmates at a western Arkansas jail rioted last week, causing at least $20,000 worth of damage.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Wednesday that 39 inmates broke ceiling lights, tore down ceiling panels and ripped out a sprinkler system in the Crawford County jail library Friday evening, causing the Van Buren facility to be locked down until Monday.

The Crawford County sheriff’s office said the riot began when a jailer tried removing an unruly inmate, Joshua Estes, from a common area. Estes, who was awaiting trial for theft and drug charges, has been charged with inciting a riot.

The sheriff’s office released body camera footage of the melee, handcuffing inmates in pooled water that had also flooded jail cells. No one was seriously injured.