(Washington) It’s the end of a run against a romantic backdrop that captivated America: Police on Monday in the state of Indiana arrested an “extremely dangerous” inmate who also escaped arrest on April 29 thanks to the help of a prison officer.
Posted at 6:17 p.m
Updated at 6:38 p.m
“Casey White is back under arrest,” Sheriff Rick Singleton, who is in charge of coordinating the hunt for the fugitives, told reporters.
His alleged accomplice, prison officer Vicky White, was injured during the arrest. Their escape began in an Alabama jail and lasted ten days, hundreds of miles, and across at least four states.
But the escape was cut short after a chase with the police. The couple were followed in a Ford pickup truck in the Evansville area of the heart of the Midwest, the sheriff said.
“Casey White drove this vehicle. Vicky White was in the passenger seat. During the pursuit, the pickup had an accident. Casey White surrendered. Vicky White was transported to the hospital,” the police chief reported.
He did not specify the nature of the prison officer’s injuries, but according to American media, the woman attempted suicide with her gun.
Vicky White, 56, and Casey White, 38, share the same name but are not related.
The unlikely duo has aroused great interest mainly because of the contrasts: you, an exemplary little civil servant with a seemingly orderly life; he, a 2.06 m tall colossus who is imprisoned on suspected murder.
“Today we incapacitated a very dangerous man,” Sheriff Singleton said. “And he will never see the open again.”
His men received a tip about the couple’s presence in Indiana and CCTV footage taken at a car wash where the Ford pickup was seen.
However, over the past few days and into Monday, the two fugitives appeared to be at least one step ahead of their pursuers.
Well thought out escape
“We’re basically back to square one,” Sheriff Singleton complained on Friday, noting that the escape plan was “very well thought out.”
On April 29, Vicky White pulled Casey White out of his prison in the city of Florence, where he was serving a 75-year sentence, with disturbing ease. The woman oversaw the prisoner transport for the Lauderdale County Sheriff.
Video showed the officer escorting the tall, tattooed inmate, whose feet and hands were chained, into his police car and taking him to court under the false pretense of a psychological evaluation.
The “model employee” according to the sheriff, described by the prosecutor as “the most reliable person in prison”, then arranged for a replacement vehicle in the parking lot of a nearby shopping center.
That car, which the officer bought under an assumed name, was found in a Tennessee pound, but without this setback in the investigation, investigators really got any further.
As it later turns out, the prison officer had withdrawn approximately $90,000 in cash, proceeds from the recent sale of her home, and purchased civilian clothing to replace her companion’s prison suit.
The bounty offered by the authorities for information that could lead to the arrest of the two fugitives had been raised to $25,000.