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7/26/2014 1:54:00 PM
U.S. Marshals join hunt for Dickinson; reward rises
Wade Dickinson broke out of the county jail in Camp Verde on July 12 while awaiting transfer to a state prison. Now the U.S. Marshals Service has joined in the hunt.
Wade Dickinson broke out of the county jail in Camp Verde on July 12 while awaiting transfer to a state prison. Now the U.S. Marshals Service has joined in the hunt.

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

CAMP VERDE - The U.S. Marshals have been called in to help with the hunt for fugitive Wade Dickinson.

More than a common figure on criminal justice movies and TV shows, the Marshals Service is the primary agency for fugitive operations and the law enforcement arm of the federal court system.

In 2013, U.S. Marshals arrested 36,000 federal fugitives and 74,000 state and local fugitives.

Wade Dickinson, 28, has been on the run since he broke out of the Yavapai County jail July 12.

Convicted of fraud, drugs and possession of firearms and sentenced to nearly 25 years in prison, Dickinson was in the recreation center of the jail, when he scaled a wall, broke through the overhead security fencing to reach the roof and escape the facility.

Dickinson was not reported missing until a neighboring business alerted the Sheriff's Office that an inmate was seen trying to steal a pickup truck. The owner told the SO that he saw the man running across SR 260 and east along Old Highway 279. That was the last time he was seen.

While Dickinson has friends and family in the Camp Verde area, the YCSO says he is a mixed martial arts trainer who, at 6 feet and 190 pounds, should not be approached.

The Sheriff's Office believes he has probably changed his appearance since his escape.

A $5,000 reward has been posted by Silent Witness for information leading to his arrest and the U.S. Marshals Service has increased that figure by another $2,000.

Anyone with information is asked to call Yavapai Silent Witness, at 1-800-932-3232.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Article comment by: I just Assumed...

That being in a rural area, that the police dogs were dual trained:

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014
Article comment by: To Learn your Facts

I like what you wrote, especially the last line. I normally don't read the comments, as they are usually one sided and mostly against our law enforcement. Most comments are made before knowing the facts and maybe even reading the article. I am glad that no citizens were injured during this manhunt and I hope they find this felon with no injuries on both sides.

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014
Article comment by: Learn your Facts

YCSO drug dogs are not human search dogs. The dogs used in the search for Dickinson on the day he escaped were Department of Corrections tracking dogs. The dogs were good and did work the track until the rain became so heavy they could not distinguish the scent any longer.

As for your comments about the drug dogs, they are trained to detect the scent of illegal drugs that may or may not be present. Something that was there may leave the scent of drugs. That could be your buddy who sat in your car with a bag of weed in his pocket that rubbed against the cushion. Very few, if any persons who are stopped along the highway are subjected to searches where there isn't good cause to be searched. If the dog alerts to the presence of the scent of illegal drugs, rest assured, the drugs or the money commonly kept in close proximity to the drugs, are, or were in that car. YCSO K-9 handlers, and all deputies respect the rights of all persons, despite the ranting of those certain people who ran afoul of the law at some point and feel they were singled out for some illegal search. Don't break the law and it should all be good.

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014
Article comment by: I still can not believe that the air sniffing Police dogs couldn't track this guy down.

If these dogs can only sniff drugs, then why couldn't they be trained to track humans? Send them back to the original trainers for some retraining. Tracking/chasing down criminal and escaped prisoners I would think would be something the dogs should be adept at.

YCSO has a litter of pups that are going to "trained" by the officers themselves. I worry about the accuracy rate- I don't want to be one of the many, many families or travelers who have been standing alongside the road for 1-2 hours because the dog erroneously signaled for drugs when there wasn't any.

You would think that YCSO jail would have at least one dog that could chase down escaped prisoners.

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