The three prisoners who escaped from a Richmond Hill truck stop
Thursday night were captured in Hinesville, according to Stewart
Cottingham of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force.
Cottingham said with the help of various law enforcement agencies and tips from the public all three prisoners are back in custody.
Cottingham said Hope Arment was first to be captured. She was apprehended while walking down Sandy Run Drive, and Arment's capture led authorities to finding Sean Henley and Tabitha Cox, who were found hiding in a dumpster of a nearby apartment complex. All were arrested without incident, he said.
According to Richmond Hill Police Lt. Brad Sykes, the three inmates were being transported by a private prisoner transport company based out of Arkansas prior to their escape.
The transport made a stop at the TA Service station located at exit 87 in Richmond Hill. The prisoners were using the restroom when they fled. The prisoners were shackled and handcuffed and were wearing regular street clothes. Multiple police agencies partnered in searching for the prisoners and authorities used drones, a helicopter from Chatham County and canine officers from Liberty County and the Department of Natural Resources in the search.
Cottingham explained that state and local jurisdictions use private transport to transport prisoners who are being extradited from one state to another to face charges. These prisoners are normally transported in the attire they are arrested in, he said.
The three inmates escaped their transport van shortly after 7:30 p.m. Thursday.