The search continues for an inmate with Pratt connections who escaped from the Winfield Correctional Facility on June 16.


The search continues for an inmate with Pratt connections who escaped from the Winfield Correctional Facility on June 16.

Still at-large is Robert Cook, 52 of Pratt, who was sentenced to 100 months in the Kansas Department of Correction for aggravated indecent solicitation of a child in Pratt County in May 2009, according to court records.

Agents from KDOC and local law enforcement conducted a search in Byers Thursday as part of the ongoing effort to locate Cook, said Jan Lunsford, KDOC public information officer.

Authorities are also looking for a City of Douglass dark blue 2006 GMC Sierra with Kansas license 74914. The truck has a City of Douglass Public Works logo on each door, a brush guard on the front, yellow caution lights on top and two side-mounted toolboxes in the rear.

It is believed Cook and inmate Frank Crutchfield, who escaped with Cook but was captured Wednesday, June 20 in Wichita, stole the vehicle sometime between noon on Saturday, June 16 and 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 18.

The pair apparently left the correctional facility about 1:40 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, in the 1984 Chevy one-ton box truck with no license tag. The vehicle was used to transport food to the inmate dining room and Cook was assigned as the driver. 

That vehicle was found abandoned with a flat tire at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 17, northeast of Rock that is about 15 miles north of Winfield. The pair then apparently stole the 2006 Sierra.

Beside aggravated indecent solicitation of a child Cook also has convictions for burglary and theft out of Harvey County, Cowley County and Butler County plus a 1983 aggravated escape conviction from Sedgwick County.

Cook is described as 52 years old, gray hair, hazel eyes, a gray beard, approximately 5’10” tall and weighs about 225 pounds.

Anyone with information about Cook or the 2006 Sierra should contact local law enforcement or call 911.