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Old 12-26-2002, 12:20 PM
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Inmates escape _ for about an hour

The Associated Press
12/26/02 12:49 PM


MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Three prison inmates from Arizona overpowered two guards in a private prisoner transport van Wednesday and took control of the vehicle. They were recaptured by Mobile police about an hour later.

Thomas Sidney Lofton, 41, Christopher Andrew Wood, 24, and Valerie Ann Rodriguez, 42, were among five inmates being taken from Phoenix, Ariz., to Georgia, said Cpl. Pat Mitchell, a Mobile Police spokesman.

Two guards in charge of the specially equipped van exited Interstate 10 at Dauphin Island Parkway around 4:45 p.m, said Mitchell.

That's when Lofton, Wood and Rodriguez somehow took control of the van and a guard's gun and forced the guards and the other two prisoners out, Mitchell said. They then drove south on the parkway, he said.

For the next hour, officers began looking for the white, 2002 Ford van. A police bulletin described Lofton as a 6-foot-3 ex-Marine.

Mobile Police patrol units spotted the van around 5:45 p.m. and officers apprehended the fugitives without incident, Mitchell said.

The three were booked into Mobile County Metro Jail on one count each of first-degree escape, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Lofton also faces one count of first-degree theft.
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Old 12-26-2002, 12:22 PM
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goodness,,, that happen aslo years back, same place if i am not mistaking. these guys suire make is harder on themself ,,bless their hearts
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i hope they had a little bit of excitement there for that hour...'cause they didn't make their lives any easier
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Where this happened - on I-10 at Dauphin Island - it's about 5 minutes away from my husband.

That's what I don't get - 20 years is a long time for an hour of freedom. However, I can't say I wouldn't have done it.
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