Escaped Mitchell Co. inmates captured

Escaped Mitchell Co. inmates captured
Bill Terry, Warden, Mitchell County Prison (Source: WALB)
Bill Terry, Warden, Mitchell County Prison (Source: WALB)

SLOCOMB, AL - The two men who walked off work detail in Mitchell County Thursday were captured Friday morning.

The escaped inmates from Mitchell County are currently being held at the Geneva County Jail in Alabama.

The two men were found in Slocomb, Alabama around 9:30 a.m. on Friday and captured without incident by the Georgia Department of Corrections Apprehension Unit.

According to the sheriff's office, Michael Scott Hooks, from Macon, and Justin Wyatt McArdle, from Alabama, were working outside trash detail in Camilla on MLK Drive near the dumpster site when they ran into the woods Thursday morning.

Officials spent most of the day searching for the men.

Mitchell county prison warden Bill Terry said the prison had not had any escaped inmates in the five years he's been there.

Terry said McArdle has been in prison for three years for forgery.  And Hooks had tentative parole for February 2018, Terry explained that will now not be happening.

Terry said the past 24 hours were devoted to searching for and Finding Hooks and McArdle.

Terry said the prison has 140 medium security inmates.

"We will evaluate our security procedures and make appropriate changes as we evaluate," said Terry.

Terry said the Mitchell County Sheriff's Office, Camilla Police Department, Autry State Prison, Calhoun State Prison, Lee State Prison, the Georgia Department of Corrections Canine Unit all assisted the Mitchell County Prison in their efforts to locate the two men.

Terry also said there will be a continued investigation by the Mitchell County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Department of Corrections Apprehension Unit.

Hooks and McArdle's escape prompted a statewide lookout and caused Mitchell County High School to go into lockdown mode.

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