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Hot Springs escapee shown leaping through jail window pleads guilty to felonies


HOT SPRINGS, Arkansas — An Arkansas man whose head-first dive through a jail window was captured on videotape has pleaded guilty to a pair of felonies in federal court.

Derrick Glenn Estell, 34, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of using a firearm in a crime of violence, the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record reported Tuesday ( ). The charges were filed after a bank robbery and carjacking in March 2013.

Estell "held several victims at gunpoint as he continued a crime spree that terrorized the Hot Springs community," U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge said. "Such conduct cannot be tolerated in our communities."

Estell was in Hot Springs for a court appearance in when he escaped in July 2013. Surveillance video showed him leaping through a small window in the jail lobby, then sprinting through a parking lot to a waiting car. He was captured in Florida.

Court records said Estell entered a bank in March 2013, pointed a gun at a customer and then a bank manager before ordering tellers to fill a bag with money. A week later, Estell eluded deputies who had tracked him to a Hot Springs motel before stealing a pickup truck from someone at gunpoint.

He was tracked to an apartment complex where deputies and Hot Springs police arrested him. A gun in the apartment matched a description of the one use in the carjacking and the robbery.

Information from: The Sentinel-Record,

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