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Court documents detail escaped Florence Prison inmates' crimes

Two inmates escape Florence prison John Charpiot and David Harmon
Posted at 4:02 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 08:18:40-05

FLORENCE, AZ — Newly obtained court documents and police reports detail the crimes committed by two Arizona inmates who escaped prison and have been on the run for four days - and counting.

Authorities have been searching for inmates David Harmon and John Charpiot since the two escaped from the State Prison in Florence on Saturday.

In a tweet, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said Tuesday that the two fugitives tried to rob a business in Florence the same day they escaped.

According to the Arizona Department of Corrections, Charpiot was admitted to prison in 2011 and was serving 35 years.

Harmon was admitted to prison in 2012 and serving a total of 100 years. His convictions include kidnapping and second-degree burglary.

ABC15 obtained the Mesa police reports that detail Harmon's case. One of the two victims arrived home on a November night in 2009 when she was attacked.

According to the police report, "As she walked back into the garage a male suspect grabbed her in a choke hold, covered her mouth, and forced her into the house. The suspect demanded money from the victim."

A home alarm that activated scared the suspect away. Records show the victim suffered bruising to the neck and arms from struggling with the suspect.

Then, in January 2010, another woman was walking toward her front door, when a man started to "rapidly" walk toward her. According to the police report, the woman was able to make it inside her home.

Harmon was connected to those two incidents, according to the police report.

Charpiot is serving time for convictions of sexual abuse and attempts to commit molestation of a child.

Court documents detail graphic allegations against Charpiot involving victims under the age of 12. Court records show Charpiot entered a plea agreement in the case.

There is a total reward of $70,000 in the search for the two escaped inmates. Any tips can go to Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.