A manhunt is underway for a white supremacist gang leader who escaped from a county jail in Arkansas yesterday, according to the United States Marshals Service.
Wesley Gullett, identified by prosecutors as the president of the New Aryan Empire, broke out of the Jefferson County Detention Center in Pine Bluff, Arkansas while being held on charges of attempted murder and illegal drug distribution.
Gullett escaped along with another inmate, Christopher Sanderson, who was facing a firearms possession charge in an unrelated case.
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“Gullett and Sanderson should be considered armed and dangerous,” according to the Marshals Service.
Cody Hiland, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, said in a statement that “We were made aware this morning of the inmates’ escape and are working with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to secure their return into custody.”
The Pine Bluff Commercial reports that the Jefferson County sheriff, Lafayette Woods Jr., said that the escapees put “dummy bodies” in their beds during a bed check. Staffing shortages and delayed renovations to the jail due to a funding crunch left the facility vulnerable to an escape, the sheriff explained.
According to The New York Times:
“In an indictment unsealed in February, prosecutors said the New Aryan Empire sold ‘copious amounts’ of methamphetamine around the Arkansas River Valley. The group, known as N.A.E., has been compared by authorities to gangs like MS-13, the Bloods, the Crips and the Aryan Brotherhood.”
“Mr. Gullett is accused of plotting the attempted murder of Bruce Wayne Hurley, a government informant who was killed in 2016. Mr. Hurley’s killer was not identified in the indictment.”
With white supremacist groups now the largest source of domestic terrorism in the nation, Gullett’s escape should inspire the same fear as the escape of a Guantanamo detainee.
With a $10,000 reward being offered for information leading to Gullett’s capture, hopefully, the president of the New Aryan Empire will soon be back in custody.
In the meantime, Americans should be on the lookout for this dangerous racist gang member.