Published: Mon, July 10, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

SC inmate captured after second escape

SC inmate captured after second escape

"We believe a cell phone was used to facilitate and give this inmate the resources to escape", Stirling said.

Causey, 46, escaped in the evening of July 4 from the Lieber Correctional Institution, which is located in Ridgevilee, SC.

A U.S. SC state prisoner who escaped from a maximum-security prison for the second time earlier this week was recaptured in the state of Texas, authorities said Friday. After receiving word of his escape, officials verified at around 2 p.m. on July 5 that he was missing.

When Causey was caught, police found that he had a shotgun, a handgun, four cellphones and $47,000 in cash with him.

Authorities have said Causey didn't feel the defense attorney did enough to keep him out of prison in the early 1990s. The escapee did not resist, the SLED chief said.

Corrections officials are working on bringing Causey back to SC.

An inmate who escaped for the second time from a maximum security prison has been captured in Central Texas, records show. Causey had an 18-hour headstart before prison guards verified he had escaped, according to a timeline Stirling released Friday. Karl Allen, a member of the Senate Corrections and Penology Committee, which oversees the agency. Authorities haven't said if he had a getaway vehicle waiting for him.

"Did he have help from somebody working on the inside?"

"I predicted this would happen", Stirling said. "Why did nobody notice he was gone?"

This time, he used a smuggled-in cellphone to coordinate the delivery of the breakout tools, investigators said.

"It's a simple fix", Stirling said.

Causey had been in solitary confinement at the prison near the town of Ridgeville, but had been moved to a general population wing that is overseen by two corrections officers, Stirling said.

Causey escaped from two different prisons in a dozen years.

"We're going to have things like this, very well-planned escapes", Keel said.

Officials are still not sure how Causey got hold of the cash, a reported four cellphones and a fake ID.

"Everyone who assisted him - we intend on bringing them to justice as well", Keel said. They were bound and threatened with guns.

In his first escape, from a different SC prison in 2005, he and another inmate hid in a garbage truck that was leaving the maximum-security institution. Causey had also used a decoy to delay detection of a previous, 2005 escape in a prison dumpster.

"These people are incarcerated physically but they still continue their criminal ways from behind bars", he said. He theorized that is how Causey accumulated so much money. Let them know it needs to be fixed.

"Nightmare over", Swerling posted on Facebook on Friday. "Allow us to block the signal".

But Causey got away, and fast.

Stirling also announced that authorities are spending $7.65 million to put up 50-foot golf netting around most of their institutions to stop "throw-overs".

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