Three arrested for assisting escapees, escapees charged (Update 11:10 a.m.)

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Saline County Sheriff's Department arrested a Marshall woman and a Gilliam couple for allegedly hindering prosecution of an escaped prisoner.

On Wednesday night, Robert Dalton Scharnhorst, 19, and Nathan Wayne Danner, 19, escaped from the county jail. The sheriff's department questioned an inmate and other subjects regarding possible whereabouts. Using this information, a deputy apprehended Scharnhorst at a Marshall residence early Thursday morning.

Before 3 a.m. deputies found the Marshall defendant seemingly sleeping in the basement of the residence. Scharnhorst was hiding in an adjoining bathroom, according to a report.

Upon further investigation of the escape, deputies found a personal letter in Scharnhorst's assigned housing unit. The letter is signed by someone with the same first name as the defendant, according to the report.

A deputy arrested Danner around 9 a.m. on Thursday morning. Danner had been walking along the side of Highway 65 with a stolen blue bicycle. Upon arrest, Danner told the deputy he had been in contact with a Gilliam couple who provided him with clothes, food, a pocket knife and a billfold. The couple had previously denied having contact with Danner and have been arrested for hindering prosecution.

The Prosecuting Attorney of Saline County charged Danner and Scharnhorst with a class D felony escape from confinement on Thursday, Aug. 4. If convicted, punishment could include up to four years in the Department of Corrections, up to one year in the county jail and/or up to a $5,000 fine. Bond for both of the escapees has been set at $50,000 cash only.

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