Mario Che-Tiul booking photo

CASSVILLE, Mo. — Barry County authorities are searching for an escaped inmate.

According to Barry County Sheriff Danny Boyd, Mario Che-Tiul remains at large after seven inmates escaped last night (Thur. 6/1). Three of the escapees were found almost immediately and three more were captured this morning, and are back in custody. Che-Tiul is the only escapee still on the run.

The majority of the escapees were in custody on child sex crime charges. Che-Tiul is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl last November. His bond was set at $100,000.

The Sheriff’s Office says Che-Tiul and the other inmates assaulted two correctional officers. He and the others are accused of assaulting and strangling the officers until they were unconscious.

The Sheriff says Che-Tiul is considered armed and dangerous – citizens are asked not to approach him. If you see him, you are asked to contact the Barry County Sheriff’s Office at
(417) 847-6556.