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Texas searching for 4 dangerous escapees

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MONTAGUE, Texas — Authorities searched Tuesday for two convicted murderers and two men awaiting trial on capital murder charges who escaped from a county jail by overpowering a female guard and fleeing in her sport-utility vehicle.

Two of the escapees were serving life sentences for the 1996 murder of a 16-year-old Oklahoma cheerleader. The other two were arrested in November and charged with killing an elderly Montague County couple on whose land they had been living.

"These are some of the most dangerous individuals that exist in our society," District Attorney Tim Cole said Tuesday.

Authorities were searching near the Texas-Oklahoma state line for the men, who broke out of Montague County Jail late Monday.

The prosecutor said the escapees were believed to be headed to Oklahoma and possibly other states, including Missouri and Oregon. It was not known if they stayed together or split up.

"We're looking for them everywhere," said Dan Jordan, a spokesman for the county sheriff's department.

Cole said they used a homemade knife to overpower the guard.

"We're not downplaying the danger, the threat they pose to the public. They need to be very careful," Cole said.

He identified the escapees as Curtis Gambill of Terral, Okla.; Joshua Bagwell of Waurika, Okla.; Crystal Soto, 22, of Bowie, Texas; and Charles Jordan, 30, of Bowie.

Officers patrolled near the Red River, along the state line, said Dee Hazle, a dispatcher with the Jefferson County sheriff's office in Waurika.