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Walk-away escapee Jared Carter recaptured in Palestine, Illinois 

Springfield - September 3, 2013 - Jared Carter has been apprehended and is in custody in the Crawford (IL) County jail. Carter was stopped today by Palestine, IL, Police Chief Jeffrey Besing as he walked down a street in that town. Chief Besing was following up on a tip from the community, received in the command center staffed during the afternoon by the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and Robinson Police Department (RPD).

Palestine is seven miles from the Robinson Correctional Center, a minimum-security facility, where Carter had clearance to work on prison grounds, outside the walls. He walked away from the property on the morning of Friday, August 30, 2013.

According to IDOC Chief Public Safety Officer Brad Curry, Carter was approached in Palestine at approximately 3:45 p.m. today, minutes after the tip was called in. When ordered to produce identification, Carter described himself as the escapee from Robinson CC, saying, “I’m who you’re looking for.” He asked for a drink of water and surrendered without confrontation.

After brief questioning at the scene, Carter was taken into custody by Chief Besing and immediately brought to the Crawford County jail, where he was positively identified by Chief Curry. Carter was later taken back to Robinson CC for a medical examination and treatment of minor injuries suffered prior to recapture. He was to be interviewed as part of IDOC’s investigation into this matter and then transported in the evening to an IDOC maximum-security prison.

IDOC, U.S. Marshalls, the Illinois State Police, Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and RPD joined forces in the search for Carter. Hundreds of leads were followed and every home and business in Robinson was checked. Many additional detailed measures were taken. Carter was not involved in car theft or numerous rumored occurrences in the area during his time on the run. Imprisoned for nonviolent crimes, Carter was never believed to be armed but all fugitives are considered dangerous.

“The support of the people of Robinson and throughout Crawford County was outstanding,” said Chief Curry. “IDOC will always be thankful for their hospitality and the appreciation they expressed to the search team. Most of all, it is we who appreciate their patience and cooperation, which proved so valuable, especially the final tip we received that led to the recapture of Offender Carter.”

The Illinois Emergency Alarm System (ILEAS), a multi-jurisdictional mutual aid entity, assisted in this search by coordinating manpower, air support and other valuable resources. IDOC personnel on the scene included Chief Curry, Chief of Operations Joseph Yurkovich, Chief of Investigations and Intelligence Michael Hood, Deputy Chief of Operations Michael Atchison and Deputy Director, Southern District, Shannis Stock. They and other agencies directed many hardworking correctional officers and local law enforcement personnel.