A couple wanted in connection with this morning’s jail break in southwest Iowa’s Montgomery County have been arrested in Omaha, Nebraska. Omaha Police and the U.S. Marshal’s Service say 33-year-old Stuart Sellers and 24-year-old Jessica Johnson were taken into custody at a residence in Omaha, around 9:10 A.M.
Johnson came to the jail shortly before 1 A.M., under the guise of bailing out an inmate. Authorities say she pulled out a sawed-off shotgun, ordered the jailer to let her inside the main area and to open up a cell where the inmate, Stuart Sellers, was being held.
Together they put the jailer inside the cell and fled into a nearby neighborhood. They were later seen driving a white and gray 1999 Dodge Ram pickup. It’s not clear if the truck was stolen or if it was the intended get-away vehicle.
Omaha Police Department spokesperson, Sergeant Theresa Negron, says they received word that the couple was hiding out in a local residence. Negron says police found both suspects when they arrived at the scene. "They did locate the felon, as well as the female who assisted the felon in his escape," Negron said at a press conference outside the home. "Also inside the residence, there were two people that reside here, and they were also taken downtown."
Once officers arrived, Sellers tried to make a run for it – as did another male resident of the house. Negron says, "The felon did try to flee from the residents but he was apprehended. We also had one of the males inside the residence who would not obey commands and he had to be tased, but there are no injuries that are reported here."
Sellers was arrested December 18th along with four others on a possession of meth and intent to deliver charge. Johnson was also arrested that date on suspicion of being at a location where meth was present.