FLORIDA – A tip from an acquaintance of one of two convicted murderers who were mistakenly released from prison led to their arrests at a Florida motel, the commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said yesterday.
Charles Walker and Joseph Jenkins were unarmed when they were taken into custody Saturday evening in Panama City, where they were waiting for their ride to arrive from Atlanta, Gerald Bailey said. It was unclear where the men expected to go, he said.
He said a “close associate” informed authorities that the men were in the area. Bailey said they were arrested by themselves without incident at the Coconut Grove Motor Inn. They had been in Bay County for only 48 hours, he said.
Walker and Jenkins will be held without bail and make their next court appearances Friday, a Bay County, Florida, judge said Sunday.
He said the two would be held with probable cause for one count each of escape.
There will be more arrests, Bailey predicted.
“They had to have had help [after their escape] – and a lot of help – to get where they were last night,” he said.
The state Department of Corrections – which mistakenly released the men, though it has insisted it was through no fault of its own – said little about the arrests. (CNN)