Update: AR State Prison Escapee Caught after Nearly 3 Months on the Run

Update (Sept. 19):
PINE BLUFF, Ark. - After nearly three months on the run, an Arkansas state prison inmate is back in custody.

The Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) said Tuesday morning that Robert Woodward was taken into custody overnight by the US Marshals Service’s Fugitive Apprehension Task Force in Hendersonville, North Carolina. 

He will remain in custody in North Carolina until he is returned back to Arkansas.

Woodward escaped from the custody of the ADC on June 20.

Original story (June 20):
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) and local law enforcement are searching for an escaped inmate in south Arkansas.

An ADC spokesman says Robert Woodward escaped around 8:15 while working on a field utility squad in a cornfield near the Delta Regional Correctional Facility in Dermott.

According to the Chicot County Sheriff's Office, a tractor and trailer believed stolen along with a pickup truck by Woodward after he escaped from the Delta Regional Correctional Facility, was found soon after in a field south of Dermott on Hwy. 165.

Law enforcement officers are still looking for the white 2013 Ford F-250 dual cab pickup truck with Arkansas license plate number 764 UZM.

Woodward, 46, is described as being 6'1" tall and about 220 pounds.

Anyone who sees the vehicle or the escapee is urged not to approach and to call your local law enforcement agency.

The escapee had been arrested back in January after a police pursuit. Click here for our January report.


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