2 men back in custody after escape from Pilot Station jail

Two men who escaped from jail in the village of Pilot Station with help from a third man are back in custody.

Anchorage television station KTUU reports 19-year-old Thomas Heckman and 22-year-old Dion Joseph were jailed again after escaping late Tuesday night.

Alaska State Troopers say 22-year-old Dale Fancyboy at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday walked into the Pilot Station jail and pointed a shotgun at an unarmed emergency jail guard hired before removing Heckman and Joseph from cells.

Two village police officers arrived as the men were leaving the building. Troopers say Fancyboy threatened to shoot them.

Community members on Wednesday detained Fancyboy, who faces felony assault and theft charges.

Joseph had previously been jailed on warrants. Heckman had been arrested on misdemeanor assault charges.