Homeowner talks after escapees used his home as barricade

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TRIMBLE, Mo. -- Sixty-five-year-old Gary Burke says his basement safe was stocked with guns and ammunition. Fortunately, a pair of armed Lansing Prison inmates who barricaded themselves in his basement on Friday never apparently tried to open his safe.

Platte County Prosecutors have charged 31-year-old Allen Hurst and 49-year-old Scott Gilbert with numerous counts, including assault on a law enforcement officer and attempted kidnapping, after the pair escaped Friday morning along with 57-year-old Randy Ridens.

Ridens was apprehended separately about 10:30 p.m Friday in Topeka. Hurst and Gilbert surrendered around 5 p.m. after a seven-hour standoff.

Homeowner Gary Burke spoke to FOX 4 on Monday and says the only reason he and his wife weren't at their home on Z Highway near Trimble, Mo., Friday morning was because they had left to go buy food for their hummingbird feeder.

"Very thankful. I'm glad I was gone, because I have no clue what I'd done, I mean what can you do," asked Burke.

Prosecutors say Hurst and Gilbert crashed a stolen truck in Burke's driveway and then kicked his rear door in to gain access to the house. Just minutes earlier, investigators say the inmates had fired at Platte County Deputies during a high-speed chase and tried to kidnap the mayor of Edgerton, Mo., at gunpoint.

Mayor James Snook Jr. ran into a nearby building when the escapees demanded he get in their stolen truck. FOX 4 has learned the inmates found a shotgun and shotgun shells inside the stolen truck.

Once inside Gary Burke's basement, the two escapees used furniture to barricade themselves behind the basement door and covered the windows and vents with tape in case police tried to use tear gas.

Burke told FOX 4 his only concern was for his two dogs Pepper and Coco.

"Had these two little dogs and they were scared to death. We was hoping they didn't hurt them."

Both escapees, Hurst and Gilbert, had less than two years left to serve. Burke assumes they'll face decades behind bars now.

"They might get life because they shot at the cops, that was a stupid move," said Burke.

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