Career criminal captured in Florida after escape

LUXORA, Ark. – A prisoner with a long criminal record stole an SUV and fled during work-release in Luxora on Thursday night but was apprehended in Florida.

At approximately 8:12 a.m. Saturday morning, escaped inmate Christopher Baggett #100633 was taken to custody by the Santa Rosa County (Florida) Sheriff’s Department. Baggett will be held in Florida until he is extradited back to Arkansas. The Department of Correction will be coordinating extradition plans with the Arkansas State Police and the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department.

It was announced by Arkansas Department of Correction Friday morning that inmate Christopher Baggett, #100633, who is assigned to the Mississippi County Work Release Center in Luxora, drove away from his assigned work release job site outside of Wilson (Mississippi County) overnight. He was driving in a stolen white Chevrolet Trailblazer, Arkansas license plate 222YHB.

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Baggett was last seen wearing grey pants, a white shirt, a baseball cap, and work boots.

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Baggett is a 46 year old white male serving 18 years for multiple felony convictions, including Residential Burglary and Theft of Property.

He’s been in jail countless times, dating back to his arrest for theft of property and forgery in 1995, theft by receiving in 1997, forgery in 1998, more theft charges in 2001 and 2007. Many charges seemed to be for violating hot check laws. Then, he got busy in 2008. The Arkansas Department of Correction lists his crimes that year as the following:

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Residential Burglary
– Habitual Offender 08/13/2008 PULASKI 2008-1808 120 mo.
Theft Of Property
– Habitual Offender 08/13/2008 PULASKI 2008-1808 120 mo.
Theft By Receiving
– Habitual Offender 08/13/2008 PULASKI 2008-1626 120 mo.
Theft By Receiving
– Habitual Offender 08/13/2008 PULASKI 2008-1626 120 mo.
Forgery
– Habitual Offender 08/13/2008 PULASKI 2008-1626 120 mo.
Forgery
– Habitual Offender 08/13/2008 PULASKI 2008-1842 120 mo.
Forgery
– Habitual Offender 08/13/2008 PULASKI 2008-1842 120 mo.
Theft Of Property
– Habitual Offender 03/30/2009 DREW 2008-185 180 mo.
Computer Fraud
– Habitual Offender 03/30/2009 DREW 2008-185 120 mo

Baggett kept going, with more theft charges in 2009. In 2013, he was arrested twice in one month for possessing a firearm while being an (obvious) felon. More theft charges followed in 2014, along with another charge for having a gun. In 2018, he was most recently arrested for theft of property and criminal impersonation II in Saline County. None of Baggett’s charges come from counties in NEA.

Baggett has caused trouble in prison since his most recent sentence, too. On January 2, 2018, he was disciplined for provoking a fight and for battery in jail. Three days before that, he was disciplined for possessing/manufacturing “contraband.”

He completed his GED in prison in 1999. He has also completed classes for anger management.

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