Missouri man mistaken for Arkansas escapee (VIDEO)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A reported sighting of an Arkansas jail escapee’s truck in Kansas City turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.


Landscaper mistaken for Arkansas escapee

Thirty-three-year-old Derrick Estell broke out of Arkansas’ Garland County Jail on July 28. He was believed to be headed into Missouri, and there was a reported sighting last of a pickup truck he was thought to be driving in Overland Park, Kan.

KMBC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/14zxTq9) a nearly identical truck was seen Tuesday in Kansas City. Police went to the scene — but the man they surrounded with guns drawn was Jesse Phillips, the owner of a landscape company in suburban Lee’s Summit.

Phillips told the station Wednesday that officers quickly realized the mistake. He says the situation was a little stressful, but he could laugh about it 24 hours later.

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