Authorities Searching for Federal Fugitive Who Escaped with Three Others from Tribal Jail in Lower Brule

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PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Authorities are on the lookout for a man that is wanted for violating conditions of his supervised release.  21-year-old Troy Young Fairbanks was among four prisoners who escaped from the Lower Brule Correctional Facility on Tuesday night.  He was being held by the Lower Brule Tribe on allegations of domestic assault.  The U.S. Marshal’s Service says Fairbanks is also the focus of a warrant for Violation of Conditions of Supervised Release stemming from a previous conviction for First Degree Burglary.  Fairbanks may be in the company of one or more of the other two escapees that are missing from the Lower Brule Facility.  It’s believed that Fairbanks, along with Claude Joseph Black Jr. and a 17-year-old male escaped from the facility, about 60 miles southeast of Pierre around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.  A fourth escapee was arrested by officers from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and was returned to custody.  Fairbanks is described as 5’7” and about 160 pounds.  He has a distinctive injury to his left eye.  Authorities believe that Fairbanks is in the Lower Brule or Rapid City area.  Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Fairbanks should call the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Pierre at 224-8396 or in Rapid City at 605-342-6331.


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