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1 Inmate Sought After Toilet Escape

6 prisoners broke out on Christmas Day

(Newser) - Six Tennessee inmates who decided they didn't want to spend Christmas in jail broke out early Sunday by pulling a leaky toilet from a wall. Police say five of the inmates who escaped from the Cocke County Jail Annex in Newport were recaptured, but one, 54-year-old David Wayne Frazier,... More »

Prison Escapee Recaptured After Trying to Enter School

SC inmate may have escaped in food truck

(Newser) - An inmate serving a life sentence who escaped from a maximum-security South Carolina prison and allegedly stabbed a police officer while on the run was recaptured after a locked door stopped him from getting into a school, authorities say. Michael Allen Williamson, 47, was caught at Northside Christian Academy in... More »

Escaped Inmate Suspected of Stabbing Cop in Walmart

South Carolina man is still on the run

(Newser) - South Carolina authorities are searching for an escaped maximum-security inmate who's suspected of stabbing a police officer. Dexter Lee of the South Carolina Department of Corrections says 47-year-old Michael Allen Williamson escaped at around 8:50pm Wednesday from McCormick Correctional Institution. Later that night, Columbia police officials say a... More »

Escaped Inmate Hides in Attic, Falls Through Ceiling

Fellow escapee arrested after 7-hour standoff

(Newser) - A fugitive inmate who escaped last week from a county jail in California by rappelling down with a bedsheet was re-arrested Wednesday night after a seven-hour standoff with police. Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith says Rogelio Chavez was taken into custody at the house of an associate in San... More »

2 Inmates Missing After Thanksgiving Eve Escape

Escapees lowered rope from San Jose jail

(Newser) - Police in California are searching for two inmates who cut through the bars of a second-floor cell and lowered a rope of sheets and clothing to escape. Rogelio Chavez, 33, and Lanon Campbell, 26, made their getaway from San Jose's Main Jail at around 11pm Wednesday night, the San ... More »

10 Killed, Warden Hurt in Suspected Jailbreak

Grenade went off inside Manila-area facility

(Newser) - Officials in the Philippines say 10 inmates died in a suspected grenade blast that rocked a jail Thursday night. Senior Inspector Xavier Solda, spokesman for the Bureau of Jail Management, says an initial investigation suggests the inmates, including two Chinese nationals facing drug charges, had sought to talk with the... More »

Escaped Killer, Rapist on the Run in Arkansas

Lloyd Jones escaped Monday while on work detail

(Newser) - A convicted killer has escaped from a state prison in Arkansas, sparking a manhunt near that state's borders of Tennessee and Mississippi. Authorities say 40-year-old Lloyd Jones escaped around noon Monday while working at a construction site about two miles from East Arkansas Regional Correctional Facility in Brickeys, where... More »

Key to Inmates' Storied Escape: 'Lazy' Guards

Sweat managed to get out of cell 85 nights in a row

(Newser) - Guards at Clinton Correctional Facility were supposed to carry out overnight rounds, observing "skin and breathing or other movement," but "we got lazy," Officer Ronald Blair says in a 154-page report on the institutional flaws that enabled the brazen escape of David Sweat and Richard Matt... 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 »

'Dangerous' Escaped Inmate on the Run in NJ

Arthur Buckel last spotted at CVS in Barnegat

(Newser) - A convicted killer remains on the run after escaping a psychiatric hospital in New Jersey on Tuesday. Arthur Buckel, 38—who was eligible for parole in less than three weeks, per NJ.com —was discovered missing from the Bayside State Prison unit of Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in Hammonton during... More »

Escaped Inmate Found Minus Head

NC man broke out of jail weeks ago

(Newser) - Freedom turned out to be a lot more dangerous than jail for North Carolina inmate Kelvin Singleton. Cops say a naked, headless body found in a rural area is that of the 26-year-old, who broke out of the Chowan County Jail on March 27 after using a sharpened toothbrush to... More »

Arkansas Inmate Shot Dead During Escape Attempt

Convicted killer was serving life without parole

(Newser) - A convicted killer in Arkansas whose only ways out of prison were death or escape will be leaving by the former after attempting the latter. Christopher Wilson, a 41-year-old serving life without parole for beating a woman and her 8-month-old baby to death in 2002, was shot dead during an... More »

Manhunt Underway for Escaped Murderer in Ohio

John Modie, 58, discovered missing late Sunday

(Newser) - A search is underway for a convicted murderer who escaped from a prison in Nelsonville, Ohio. Prison officials say John Modie, 58—sentenced to 15 years to life for the murder of a woman in Cleveland in 2003—was discovered missing from the Hocking Unit of the Southeastern Correctional Institution... More »

Homeless Man Spots Fugitives, Gets $100K Reward

He recognized stolen van of Calif. escapees

(Newser) - A homeless San Francisco man who calls himself a "news junkie" might be able to get off the streets because of his news habit: He will receive the lion's share of a $150,000 reward for helping recapture two escaped inmates in January, the Los Angeles Times reports.... More »

Recaptured New Mexico Inmate: I Had Fun

Getting out of shackles was easy, he says

(Newser) - The second of two violent felons to escape from a prison van in New Mexico was recaptured on Saturday—and Lionel Clah wasn't exactly repentant. After he was arrested without a fight in Albuquerque, the 29-year-old inmate told reporters he "just had fun" after the escape, NBC News... More »

Violent Felon at Large After Brazen NM Escape

Inmates vanished between prisons

(Newser) - Lionel Clah is probably beginning to regret getting that big tattoo of a feather on his left cheek: Police hope it will help the public identify the escaped 29-year-old New Mexico inmate. Clah, convicted in 2009 of crimes including armed robbery with a deadly weapon, escaped from a prison van... More »

Escaped Inmate Killed by His Own Hostages

Rafael McCloud held Miss. couple prisoner before they shot him

(Newser) - An escaped inmate accused of raping and murdering a woman last year was shot and killed in Mississippi on Thursday by the very people he had taken prisoner. Officials say Rafael McCloud, 34—who escaped from a Warren County jail on March 2 with a worker's uniform—was killed... More »

Escapees Fought About Killing Cabbie: Sheriff

California prison inmates allegedly drove him up to San Jose

(Newser) - Three fugitives who broke out of a California jail in January—and were captured about a week later —apparently kidnapped a taxi driver and got in a physical fight about whether to kill him. That's one claim authorities made today about the remarkably complex breakout, the AP reports.... More »

2 Remaining California Jail Escapees Are In Custody

The search for the 3 men suspected of violent crimes lasted more than a week

(Newser) - Two inmates who remained at large after breaking out of a California jail more than a week ago have been arrested, Orange County sheriff's officials said Saturday. The AP reports Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Hossein Nayeri, 37, were in the custody of the San Francisco Police Department. Authorities had... More »

Cops: Jail English Teacher Helped 3 Inmates Escape

She allegedly provided the men maps

(Newser) - Authorities say a teacher has been arrested on suspicion of helping three inmate—including an alleged killer— escape from a maximum-security jail in Southern California, the AP reports. They believe the men may be living in a stolen van. Orange County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock says a woman who... More »

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