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Prison escapees caught in New York

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Two men who escaped May 29 from the Arkansas Department of Corrections -- Cummins Unit in Grady, Ark., were captured June 2 in Hornell, N.Y., about 90 miles from the Canadian border.

The two men, Jeffrey Grinder and Calvin Adams, were both serving life sentences for capital murder when they walked out of the prison wearing guard uniforms. They escaped in a Hyundai Sonata with a Missouri license plate. They were driving the same vehicle when they were captured five days later.

Area authorities were alerted after their escape because of ties to the Mountain Home and Thayer, Mo., area. As a result, stake-outs were set up at several locations to watch for the men.

According to reports, the men were spotted in Missouri and on June 1 were seen west of Kalamazoo, Mich., where Adams has relatives.

According to The Evening Tribune, on June 2 a Amity, N.Y., based trooper attempted to make a routine traffic stop on the vehicle for speeding.

The news report said Grinder and Adams led a dozen law enforcement vehicles on a 25-mile high speed chase through a downtown shopping district, narrowly missing several vehicles. The Sonata crashed into a street pole and the two men fled the vehicle but were captured after a short foot chase.

June 3, Arkansas State Police spokesman, Bill Sadler, told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette that three Pulaski County residents are accused of leaving the Sonata at the prison. They have been charged with furnishing an implement of escape, a felony punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

According to news reports, five Cummins corrections officers were placed on administrative leave as the Corrections Department conducted an investigation into Grinder and Adams' escape.

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