WEATHERFORD, Okla. – The last two of eight inmates who allegedly escaped in a transport van in western Oklahoma when guards stopped to take at least one ill prisoner to a hospital but left the keys in the vehicle were recaptured Tuesday, police said.
Lester Burns and Michael Coleman were taken into custody shortly after 6 p.m. in Weatherford, according to Assistant Police Chief Louis Flowers.
“Somebody called in on them. They saw them in the backyard of a residence,” Flowers said.
The two were arrested in the backyard of the home in eastern Weatherford by Custer County deputies who were assisting in the search.
The inmates are from jails in the western and northern United States, Flowers said, and were being transported by Prisoner Transportation Services of Nashville, Tenn. The company confirmed it was transporting the inmates but declined further comment.
Flowers said the inmates were left in a locked compartment inside the van as a guard began taking some of them to a restroom. “Two of the prisoners kicked the partition out and were able to gain access to the front of the van. ... The keys were still in the van as far as we know, and it was still running,” he said.
The other six inmates were captured earlier.