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Posted: 9:01 p.m. Thursday, May 31, 2012

2 escaped Indiana prison inmates are caught

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Indiana prison inmate Johnny Hines photo
Courtesy: Indiana State Police
Indiana prison inmate Johnny Hines escaped a privately operated recreational facility, but was captured after a manhunt that involved the Indiana State Patrol.
Indiana prison inmate Christopher Hoover photo
Courtesy: Indiana State Police
Indiana prison inmate Christopher Hoover escaped a privately operated recreational facility, but was captured after a manhunt that involved the Indiana State Patrol.

Staff Report

NEW CASTLE, Ind. —

The prospect of being bitten by a K-9 helped Indiana law enforcement officers capture two escapees from a privately run outdoor recreation facility and return them to the New Castle Correctional Facility in northeast Indiana.

Johnny Y. Hines, 26, of Muncie, and Christopher Hoover, 33, of Greensburg, were returned to the minimum security unit after they surrendered by lying down in a wooded area about 10 miles north of the prison in Delaware County, the Indiana State Patrol post at Pendleton said Thursday.

The two were discovered missing at about 2:45 p.m. when Sgt. Rob Cross and Trooper Tyler Painter from the Pendleton post took a headcount. That began a search joined by an officer with the GEO Group, which operates the recreation facility.

Painter and the GEO Group officer, who had a K-9 bloodhound, tracked the inmates north along a railroad bed, according to the ISP. Two state patrol units from Muncie, who also had a K-9 unit, joined in the search.

The escapees were spotted at about 6 p.m. at the Oakville Co-op, 10 miles north of the prison. They surrendered when they were told that state patrol K-9 Murtaugh was about to be released. Complicating the capture was a thunderstorm hit the area as the situation began to unfold.

Hines had been incarcerated for theft and fraud, and was to be released in July.  Hoover had been incarcerated for burglary and auto theft, and was to be released in October 2013. Now both will face additional charges of felony escape, according to the ISP.

 
 

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