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Escaped Ind. inmates assault 3 in Kentucky

CAMPBELLSBURG — The search for three inmates who escaped from an Indiana state prison has spread over several states after the men assaulted three Kentucky residents, police said Monday.

Authorities had originally intensified their search in Northern Kentucky after the inmates assaulted, bound and held three people at a home in the Carroll County community of Sanders for 90 minutes Monday morning, Kentucky State Trooper Seth Willis said.

Police said the inmates stole 10 guns, cash and flannel shirts and blue jeans.

Richard Marshall, 59, was in stable condition at a Louisville hospital, state police said. His brothers Keith, 56, and Barry, 50, were treated and discharged.

Willis said that after a day of false sightings, authorities have put out word to agencies in neighboring Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia and even Missouri to watch for the three inmates.

Earlier Monday, state Police Capt. Dean Hayes in Campbellsburg said the men took a dull green 1998 Ford Ranger 4x4 super cab with Kentucky tag 7824BZ from the Sanders house.

The three escaped from the Branchville Correctional Facility in Indiana on Friday.

Police said the escapees are Bobby Cockerell III, 31, of Jeffersonville, Ind., serving a 20-year sentence for burglary; Christopher J. Marshall, 49, of Fort Scott, Kan., serving a 50-year sentence for dealing cocaine; and Jerry Sargent, 59, of Williamstown, Ky., serving a 50-year sentence for armed robbery and a 20-year sentence for criminal confinement.