Final Escapee Caught in Omaha
KSAL Staff - Fri 06:30 PM 04/20/2012
The fourth and final inmate who escaped from the Ottawa County Jail has been caught.
The Kansas Department of Corrections says that Eric James was arrested about 5:30 Friday evening in Omaha, Nebraska. Omaha police spokesman Michael Pecha says officers saw a gold 2002 Nissan Altima believed to have been stolen by the inmates in Minneapolis, Kansas, where they escaped on Wednesday morning.
James was not inside the car, but officers made contact with the driver. That led them to a nearby house where they located James. He was arrested without incident.
Police are questioning the male who was driving the Nissan.
James was in jail for convictions of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated burglary in Bourbon and Anderson Counties.
Four inmates who were transferred from a state prison because it was overcrowded managed to escape from Ottawa County jail on Wednesday.
One of them was quickly caught in Minneapolis. The second was caught in North Platte, Nebraska. The third, a convicted murderer, was caught in Russell, Kansas.