The second of two Virginia inmates who escaped about a week ago was recaptured Monday near the city where he had been jailed, authorities said.
Bruce Callahan escaped from the Piedmont Regional Jail in Farmville on April 30, the Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Office said.
Jail officials discovered on May 1 that he and another inmate, Alder Alfonso Marin-Sotelo, were missing. Authorities have said the men are believed to have escaped at different times.
Callahan, 44, entered the property of a Longwood University-run apartment complex in Farmville around 5:30 a.m. Monday and pulled a fire alarm, the university said.
Callahan was injured, turned himself in to university police and asked for medical help, the university told the campus in a notice Monday.
Marin-Sotelo was arrested in Mexico last week, the FBI said.
Callahan escaped through an unsecured gate around 11:15 p.m. April 30 and pulled a T-shirt over the barbed wire as he scaled the fence, according to an affidavit associated with a federal escape charge.
The shirt was found bloody, and Callahan was last seen wearing only blue prison shorts, Deputy US Marshal Danielle Shimchick wrote in the affidavit.
Callahan had arranged for $5,000 in total to be paid to multiple people for someone to pick him up, Shimchick wrote.
The driver arrived at the jail around 12:30 a.m. May 1 and waited an hour but left without Callahan, Shimchick wrote, citing a confidential source. The court document does not name the driver.
Jail Superintendent Jerry Townsend said both inmates «tampered with the locking mechanism on the rear exit door.» WRAL, an NBC affiliate from Raleigh, North Carolina, reported.
Callahan was being held in jail after being indicted on fentanyl-related charges in 2021, according to court records. He has pleaded not guilty.