“We’re just letting law enforcement do their job,” Ms. Brunson said.
Steven Shaner, another Pine Bluff council member, said that his biggest concern was law enforcement figuring out exactly when the men escaped.
Last year, several communities across the country were gripped by high-profile manhunts that grew to involve hundreds of law enforcement officers, stirring anxiety in areas where escapees were thought to be hiding.
For nearly two weeks in September, Danelo Cavalcante, a Brazilian national who had been convicted of murder, eluded the authorities for 13 days after escaping from a prison outside Philadelphia.
Last spring, a man who was accused of fatally shooting five people in a neighborhood dispute outside Cleveland, Texas, eluded capture for days as a manhunt stretched across the state to the Mexican border. The hunt for the suspect, Francisco Oropesa, ended when heavily armed state and federal officers found him in a house a few miles from where the shooting took place.
Mr. Shaner said that as of Tuesday morning, he had not heard or sensed widespread worry about the manhunt in Pine Bluff. However, there was concern among city officials that the longer the search dragged on, the more worrisome it could become for residents.