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Escaped Inmate Orders Beer, Asks Bar Owner to Call Cops

Police found him drinking beer, he surrendered peacefully

(Newser) - If you'd escaped from jail and been on the lam for a week, grown exhausted and hungry, and decided to turn yourself in, wouldn't you want to have a beer first? That's what police say Shaun Higham did Tuesday night. The 45-year-old was in Arkansas' Logan County... More »

Tunnel Hand-Dug by Jews to Flee Nazis Found in Lithuania

It's been the stuff of legend for more than 70 years

(Newser) - A 100-foot escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners using only their hands and spoons has been unearthed in Lithuania, a research team announced Wednesday. From 1941 to 1944, about 100,000 people (70,000 of them Jews from nearby Vilnius) were slaughtered by the Nazis, then dumped into burial pits... More »

Robot Makes a Run for It From Russian Lab

Bad Promobot

(Newser) - Robots are on the loose in Russia—or one was on Wednesday, causing mayhem and a traffic jam. Officials say a robot trained to move around on its own made an escape from a science lab in the city of Perm. The robot, or Promobot—created to market products to... More »

Fugitive on the Lam for 48 Years Nabbed in Conn.

Robert Stackowitz escaped from Georgia prison work camp in 1968

(Newser) - Since before man landed on the moon, Robert Stackowitz has been on the run after busting out of a prison work camp in Georgia. That half-century run came to a low-key end Monday in Sherman, Conn., where the US Marshals Service tracked down and arrested Stackowitz without incident, NBC News... More »

Story of WWII Escape Finally Surfaces Thanks to Son

Edwin Shifrin helped devise plan to fool Nazi guards

(Newser) - Edwin Shifrin, 93, seldom discussed his time at war and his memory is fading, but the Missouri man received a prisoner-of-war medal in February after son Dan Shifrin dug through old news reports and his father's military records and pieced together what happened. Assigned to the Army's 30th... More »

5 Arrested in Connection With Orange County Jailbreak

But 3 escaped fugitives remain at large

(Newser) - Police have arrested five suspected gang members in connection with the escape of three prisoners last week from the Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana, Calif. The fugitives, however, remain at large. When announcing the arrests Wednesday, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens did not identify the men or say what charges... More »

Red Panda Makes a Break From California Zoo

Staff worried about 'naive' and 'vulnerable' escapee Masala

(Newser) - A red panda made a break for it between feeding times Thursday at California's Sequoia Park Zoo—and now staffers are frantically searching for it, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Masala, a fully grown female described by the zoo as being the "size of a domestic cat,... More »

Inmate Escapes Jail, Then Sues Over Lax Security

A court admires the 'chutzpah' but tosses the suit

(Newser) - An inmate who escaped from a high-rise federal jail in Chicago has an unusual theory on who's to blame: He says the government was negligent in enabling the breakout, so he sued for $10 million for damages. The 7th US Court of Appeals said in a ruling yesterday that... More »

Seamstress: I Helped Convicts 'to Save My Family'

Joyce Mitchell says prisoners knew where they lived

(Newser) - The former prison seamstress who helped two murderers escape in New York in June says she did so out of fear for her family. Richard Matt and David Sweat had discovered where her mother and older son lived, and Joyce Mitchell felt she was in too deep to refuse their... More »

How 2 Nazi POWs Escaped Into the Wilds of Minnesota

They were among 13 who escaped in Minnesota during WWII

(Newser) - Nazi Cpl. Heinz Schymalla, 22, and fellow captive Walter Mai, 21, were among some 200 Germans cutting timber for Minnesota's pulp industry in a prisoner-of-war camp in 1944. Both captured in Tunisia in May 1943, they gained momentary notoriety when, moved to act in part by news that Schymalla'... More »

NY Inmates: We Were Beaten After 2 Killers Escaped

Clinton Correctional inmates say they faced officers' wrath after June jailbreak

(Newser) - A daring escape from an upstate New York prison in June didn't go as planned for Richard Matt and David Sweat . But while those two men faced their personal consequences, inmates back at the Clinton Correctional Facility say they were facing their own repercussions for the jailbreak, per a... More »

Woman Escapes Nightmare Captivity With Rent Check

She'd been held in her own apartment since April

(Newser) - A woman held hostage since April by her boyfriend in her apartment in Lenexa, Kansas, ended her horrifying ordeal via one of life's more innocuous chores: Paying the rent. "Do not call police, but send help," read the note tucked in her rent payment, reports KSHB . So... More »

3 Prison Workers Accused of Helping 'El Chapo' Escape

One is a supervisor who was in charge of surveillance video

(Newser) - A federal judge in Mexico has opened a court proceeding against three prison employees on charges they helped drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escape . The accused are the person in charge of the prison's video surveillance control center and two guards. The Federal Judiciary Council says there... More »

This Guy Staged 'Ingenious' Escape From Iowa Prison

Even the governor was impressed

(Newser) - A convicted armed robber escaped from one of Iowa's most secure prison cells by sneaking through piping onto the roof and guiding himself to the ground with a makeshift rope, authorities said. Justin Kestner, 25, escaped early Sunday from an A-Pod unit cell at Fort Madison's Iowa State... More »

'Mastermind' Escapee Talks Close Calls on the Lam

As FBI investigates corruption at Dannemora prison

(Newser) - David Sweat is sharing more details about that dry run he and Richard Matt performed the night before they busted out of prison. It was certainly thorough: Sweat, who claims to be the mastermind, says the pair broke out of their cells and meandered through tunnels and pipes before coming... More »

NY Escapees Did a Practice Run

David Sweat says they began sawing through their cells 6 months ago

(Newser) - Here's one reason David Sweat and Richard Matt managed to bust out of prison: practice. The newly captured Sweat has told state authorities that he and Matt did a practice run the night before the actual escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility, reports CNN . It's not clear how... More »

Guard Charged in Escape Took Paintings From Convict

Gene Palmer says it was all an innocent mistake

(Newser) - A prison guard has now been charged in connection with the great escape from a New York prison. The accused is Gene Palmer, whose name surfaced Tuesday in reports that he delivered hacksaw blades hidden inside frozen hamburger meat to escapee Richard Matt. Palmer, 57, who has been on paid... More »

Lawyer: Husband Supports Jailed Prison Worker

He visits Joyce Mitchell in jail amid reports she planned to kill him

(Newser) - The husband of the woman accused of helping two New York state inmates escape visited her in jail today—one day after reports surfaced that she and the inmates talked about killing him . Lyle Mitchell's reaction? He's "standing by her," the attorney for Joyce Mitchell tells... More »

Prison Seamstress Charged in Escape

Joyce Mitchell accused of helping Richard Matt and David Sweat go free

(Newser) - A prison employee accused of helping two inmates escape now might end up being a convicted felon herself. Police today charged Joyce Mitchell, 51, with promoting prison contraband and criminal facilitation, reports CNN . It's still not clear exactly how she might have helped—CNN describes it as "providing... More »

Smuggled Electrical Saw May Have Set Prisoners Free

Police converge on small town of Willsboro, NY, after possible sighting

(Newser) - Authorities are swarming the small upstate New York town of Willsboro to find the two convicted killers who escaped from prison last week, reports the Wall Street Journal . A motorist spotted two men walking on a "very rural" road last night, and they took off into the fields when... More »

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