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Sex offender escapes from Pulaski courthouse

Police are searching for a convicted sex offender who escaped from the Pulaski County courthouse Thursday afternoon.

According to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, Gary Wayne Courtney was entering the courtroom when an attorney pulled him and another inmate aside. When the attorney re-entered the courtroom, only the other inmate was with her.

After leaving the courthouse, police say that Courtney forcibly entered a house and stole an automobile. Police describe the car as a red 1989 Isuzu SUV.

Courtney is a 5 feet, 10 inches tall, white, weighing 170 pounds, with brown eyes. Authorities say he was shackled at the waist when he left the courthouse.