Archive for Saturday, January 16, 2010

Duo to be held until return

January 16, 2010


Kansas prison escapees Scott Dwyer and Wayne Purdy’s time on the run is over, after nearly two months of freedom.

The duo, who walked away Thanksgiving Day from a work-release program while incarcerated at the Winfield Correctional Facility, were arrested this week in northern Mississippi.

Dwyer was arrested by Batesville, Miss., police about 6 p.m. Wednesday, after the pair knocked on the door of a home asking for food, said Detective Jeremiah Brown.

The resident called police, who investigated. Dwyer initially gave authorities a fake name, but was identified after police matched his fingerprints in a national database.

About 15 hours later, police in Grenada, Miss., about 40 miles from Batesville, received a call that a suspicious person, later identified as Purdy, had been seen at the local Walmart. Grenada Police Assistant Chief Erby Montgomery said officers arrested Purdy at the store without incident.

Authorities said that they later recovered a four-wheeler that Dwyer and Purdy had stolen in Arkansas and driven to Mississippi.

Officials from both police agencies said they had not filed any criminal charges against the two, but were holding Dwyer and Purdy until they can be returned to Kansas.

Dwyer and Purdy were featured in a Dec. 24 Journal-World article about prison escapees, as they were two of six Kansas prison escapees still on the run.

Bill Miskell, communications director for the Kansas Department of Corrections, said his agency is pleased that the number of active escapees has been cut down to four. When Dwyer and Purdy are returned to Kansas, they will face criminal charges stemming from their escape, he said. Purdy was serving a sentence for theft, while Dwyer was incarcerated on theft and burglary convictions.

Miskell said officials will also investigate “to determine what kinds of other activities they may have been involved in during the six weeks they’ve been on escape status.”


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 4 months ago

"The resident called police, who investigated. Dwyer initially gave authorities a fake name, but was identified after police matched his fingerprints in a national database."

How did they get his fingerprints to compare to the database? Under what conditions can police fingerprint someone? There's no indication that they had committed any crimes in Mississippi.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 4 months ago

Perhaps Dwyer claimed to be a well-known Communist waffle-whiffer from Lawrence. That's cause for suspicion.

Shaun Hittle 8 years, 4 months ago

Just another Bozo, I want to know the answer to that question as well, but couldn't get any more clarification from police in Mississippi. From what they said, sounds like these two stuck out like sore thumbs in these two small towns. I thought they couldn't fingerprint until an arrest, but not positive.

Shaun Hittle LJW Reporter

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 4 months ago

Unfortunately for these guys, even if the fingerprints were obtained illegitimately, I doubt that it's going to prevent them from being extradited back to Kansas.

My guess is that they couldn't provide any kind of ID, which might allow the police to hold them, and even fingerprint them.

Shaun Hittle 8 years, 4 months ago

Yah, I'm guessing that regardless of any circumstances, these guys would have no recourse in the matter...Hard for those prison escapees to make any arguments about their civil liberties.

maxcrabb 8 years, 4 months ago

They drove a four wheeler from Arkansas to Mississippi? Well done.

Randall Barnes 8 years, 4 months ago


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