Search is on for escaped inmate

Ronald Greer

Updated, 1:40 p.m.:

From Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond:

"A Pettis County Sheriffâ??s deputy was overpowered in Cooper County this morning during an inmate transport, resulting in an escape and the patrol car being stolen.

Just before 7am, one of three inmates being transported from Pettis County to the Missouri Department of Corrections complained of abdominal pains while on Interstate 70 near Boonville. The officer stopped at a rest area east of Boonville to check on the inmate and escorted him into the menâ??s room. While inside the inmate, identified as Ronald W. Greer, Jr, overpowered the deputy and a citizen who tried to assist, obtaining the keys to the patrol vehicle. The inmate was chased to the patrol car where a second struggle ensued, but the inmate was able to enter the vehicle and drive away with the other two inmates still restrained in the back seat of the car.

Approximately 45 minutes later, Glasgow Police spotted the stolen patrol car and a chase ensued southbound on Highway 87 towards Boonville. The driver turned onto a private lane and through several fields before exiting the vehicle and fleeing on foot into a wooded area. The other two inmates were recaptured at the location without incident.

Officers from Howard and Cooper County Sheriffâ??s Offices, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and several area police departments conducted a manhunt, aided by air support units from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Greer was recaptured around 10am approximately three miles south of where he fled on foot. All three inmates were transported back to the Pettis County Jail.

Greer will face numerous charges including escape, assault on a law enforcement officer, and tampering in both Cooper and Howard Counties.

The deputy was treated and released from Cooper County Memorial Hospital with minor cuts and abrasions."

Updated at 12:30 p.m.:

From the Missouri State Highway Patrol:

"At 6:55 a.m., Highway Patrol Troop F communications received information that a Pettis County deputy was overpowered by a prisoner at a rest stop near the 104 mile marker on Interstate 70 in Cooper County. The prisoner, identified as Ronald W. Greer Jr., 44, was one of three prisoners being transported to facilities in Fulton and Vandalia. After overpowering the deputy, Greer fled in a marked Pettis County Sheriff's Department patrol car with the two other prisoners confined in the rear seat of the police car. The escapees were located and pursued in Howard County by the Boonville Police Department and Patrol aircraft. Greer drove the vehicle into a field near Missouri Highway K and Missouri Highway 87.

"Greer fled on foot from the vehicle, and the remaining two prisoners were taken into custody without incident. Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers, aircraft, SWAT, and officers from Pettis County Sheriff's Department, Howard County Sheriff's Department, Boone County Sheriff's Department, Cooper County Sheriff's Department, Boonville Police Department, Fayette Police Department, Glasgow Police Department, and New Franklin Police Department were involved in the manhunt. At 9:50 a.m., the Patrol aircraft located Greer. Troopers took Greer into custody and then released him to the Pettis County Sheriff's Department. The Pettis County deputy injured in the escape was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and released."

Updated at 10:05 a.m.:

The Pettis County Sheriff's Office confirms the third escaped inmate is now in custody. Ronald Greer was found and arrested in Howard County.

Updated at 10:00 a.m.:

Online court records indicate Ronald Greer was in custody charged with forcible rape, forcible sodomy and armed criminal action. The charges stem from an incident that happened in June in Sedalia.

The Highway Patrol confirms it was a Pettis County patrol car the three inmates escpaed from. Two inmates are in custody. The third is cornered in a rural area of Howard County.

Stay tuned to KRCG 13 for updates on this developing story.

Original Story:

Highway Patrol Troopers and Sheriff's Deputies are searching for an escaped inmate in Howard County.

The search started Thursday morning when three inmates escaped a patrol car at an I-70 rest area near the 104 mile marker in Cooper County. Two of the inmates have been captured, the search for the third continues.

Officers are searching for 44-year-old Ronald Greer. The search is now centered in the area of Highway K and 87 in Howard County. The Highway Patrol says residents in that area have been advised to stay in their homes.

Greer is described as a white male, with balding blond hair. He has tattoos on his back, arms and legs. He was wearing a grey jumpsuit when he escaped. If have any inforrmation about his whereabouts, you're asked to call 911.