FLORENCE — The Arizona Department of Public Safety believes that the two men who escaped from Arizona State Prison Complex-Florence may have attempted to rob a local business on Saturday.

The department tweeted out the information Tuesday afternoon with a security camera photo of the pair. Both men have ongoing medical issues and may attempt to visit drug stores or pharmacies, according to DPS.

John B. Charpiot and David T. Harmon escaped from the prison's medium custody South Unit Saturday. The alarm was sounded after Charpiot and Harmon weren’t accounted for during the 8:30 p.m. inmate count after being there for the 4 p.m. count.

The men were able to break into a tool storage area by knocking a wall air conditioner out of place. They used bolt cutters, wire snips and other items to cut the fence and flee.

The state is offering a $70,000 reward, $35,00 for each inmate, for information that leads to their arrest.

Charpiot was convicted in 2010 and was serving a 35-year sentence for molestation of a child and sexual abuse. Harmon was convicted in 2012 and was serving a 100-year sentence for kidnapping and burglary charges. Harmon has had multiple convictions since 1987.

State and local law enforcement agencies are urging residents not to approach the two men but report any sightings or tips of them to 911.


Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.