Timothy Swank escaped from the courthouse after sentencing but was found and re-arrested Thursday afternoon

On Tuesday, August 7, In the Cleburne County Circuit Court, Timothy Swank, a 37-year-old Rose Bud resident was sentenced to 30 days in jail by Judge John Dan Kemp. After being moved to the rear door of the courtroom, Swank bolted down the stairs before he could be handcuffed and secured. Swank fled the courthouse area on foot and disappeared into the residential area south of the court square. Late Thursday afternoon Heber Springs Police Department contacted the Sheriff’s Office with information that Swank was still in Heber Springs. Following the lead, a group of seven Investigators from Heber Springs Police Department, Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation, Sheriff’s Office Narcotics and Homeland Security Investigations, spotted Swank in a vehicle pulling into the Fred’s parking lot on 7th Street. Swank was taken into custody without incident, charged with 3rd Degree Escape and transported to the Cleburne County Detention Center where he is being held on a $150,000 bond. The driver of the vehicle was interviewed and released. Providing transportation or assistance to a known fugitive can result in being charged with Hindering Apprehension, in this case a Felony. Investigators are currently working to determine if there is sufficient evidence to charge the driver.