Escaped Alabama inmate Casey White has been captured after a police chase and missing prison guard Vicky White hospitalised with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The apprehension came near Evansville, Indiana, after the black Ford F150 truck Casey White was driving overturned during a pursuit by law enforcement, US Marshal Marty Keely confirmed. Vicky White was a passenger in the truck.
The arrest came 11 days into the nationwide manhunt for the pair, after Vicky White walked a shackled Casey White out of jail and they disappeared.
“We got a dangerous man off the street today,” Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton told AL.com following the Monday afternoon capture.
No law enforcement officers fired their weapons during the capture of the inmate and the prison guard, US Marshal Keely confirmed.
Sheriff Singleton said that following the chase Casey White, 38, had surrendered to law enforcement.
“This has ended a very long and stressful and challenging week and a half” added the sheriff.
“It ended the way we knew it would – with them in custody. He is never going to see the light of day again and that’s a good thing, not just for our community but that’s a good thing for this country.”
The sheriff said that he hoped 56-year-old Vicky White would survive her injuries.
“I hope she survives this. I don’t know the extent of her injuries, but I hope she survives it,” he said. “We don’t wish any ill will on Vicky in terms of her health or her well- being, but she has some answers to give us. Hopefully we’ll have the opportunity to get those answers.”
The severity of her injuries have not been made public.
He added that their capture had been made difficult by the level of planning that had seemingly gone into their escape.
“What was so challenging about this escape was most escapes from a county jail, they’re not planned, they’re just sort of spontaneous,’’ he said.
“They are no resources available, no plan in place about ‘What am I going to do when I get out of here other than just run.’”
And he added: “This escape was obviously well-planned and calculated. A lot of preparation went into this. They had plenty of resources, had tags, had vehicles. They had everything they needed to pull this off.”
And he admitted he had learned something from the whole experience.
“The lesson I’ve learned, and I think everybody has learned, it you don’t know who you can trust,’’ he said.
“I had every bit of trust in Vicky White. She has been an exemplary employee and what in the world provoked or prompted her to pull a stunt like this, I don’t know. I don’t know if we’ll ever know. You just don’t know people sometimes. You think you do, and you really don’t know who they are.”
He also said that when she is transferrred back to Alabama, Vicky White will be held in a different correctional facility to Casey White, according to AL.com.
Meanwhile, Indiana’s Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding offered slightly different details of the arrest, saying that Vicky White was driving the couple in a Cadillac car when they were stopped.
“Two bad people are off the streets,” Sheriff Wedding told reporters from the scene of the arrest.
The sheriff said the couple appear to have been in Indiana for six days before their capture.
“It’s hard to believe they were here that many days. They’re criminals, sometimes they do things that are inexplicable, but I’m glad they did,” he said.
The sheriff added that Casey White’s massive stature helped in his capture. “In this case, one of the suspects being 6 foot 9, that’s good for us,” he said.
Their capture came after investigators receievd a tip on the couple’s location late on Sunday night, and tracked them to a hotel in the state where they fled. The sheriff said they do not know why the couple ended up in Indiana.
Casey White is now charged with escape, and Vicky White is charged with permitting/aiding an escape, identity theft and second-degree forgery.
Last week, authorities released images of how Vicky White, 56, would look if she changed her blonde hair to a darker colour or shorter cut.
They also released pictures of Casey White’s distinctive tattoos. The pair are not related despite sharing a surname.
The “subjects should be considered dangerous and may be armed with an AR-15 rifle, handguns and a shotgun,” the agency had said.
The Marshals Service says that in 2015 Casey White threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and her sister, and said he wanted to be killed by police.
He was being held in Lauderdale County jail awaiting trial on capital murder charges against him, and was already serving a 75-year sentence for crimes committed in 2015. The pair left the Lauderdale County Detention Center on 29 April, with officials saying that they may have had a romantic relationship before going on the run.
A warrant was out for Vicky White’s arrest and she faces charges of permitting or facilitating escape in the first degree.
Last Friday the car they had left Alabama in was found abandonned in Tennessee.
On Monday before the capture, Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office slapped its own employee Vicky White with new charges of identity theft and second-degree forgery.
The charges relate to Ms White allegedly using an alias to buy a getaway car that was used “to facilitate the escape”, officials said.
Surveillance footage also showed Casey White in Indiana close to where investigators found a second abandoned vehicle tied to him and his corrections officer lover.
Video footage captured the capital murder suspect entering the Weinbach Car Wash in Evansville, Indiana, on Tuesday.
Additional video footage also showed Vicky White at a Quality Inn hotel just hours before she vanished with Casey White.
The video, shared by the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, shows Ms White pacing in front of the reception desk at a Quality Inn at around 5.21am on Friday 29 April.
The 56-year-old, who is dressed in a dark sweatshirt with her blonde hair worn loose around her shoulders, peers over the counter before walking away.
The footage was captured on the morning of the prison breakout, with officials saying Ms White stayed at the budget hotel for two nights before going on the run.
Sheriff Rick Singleton said that the Quality Inn is next to the shopping centre where the couple abandoned Ms White’s patrol car in the parking lot and transferred into a getaway vehicle.