'I'm the guy you're looking for': Escapee with Glen Carbon ties is caught

News-DemocratSeptember 4, 2013 

— An escaped prisoner with ties to Glen Carbon has been recaptured.

Edwardsville District 7 warned parents Tuesday that Jared C. Carter, 30, who escaped from the Robinson Correctional Center on Friday, had an affiliation to a family member with a child enrolled in a Glen Carbon school.

Glen Carbon police monitored District 7 schools and bus stops, with Edwardsville Police and Madison County Sheriff's deputies on alert.

But Carter was spotted by local police in Palestine, Ill., on Tuesday afternoon walking down the street about seven miles from the prison.

When stopped, Carter told police, "I'm the guy you're looking for" and surrendered without confrontation, then asked for water.

Carter was part of a mowing detail at the minimum-security prison, located about 110 miles southeast of Champaign near the Indiana border. While assigned to the work crew cutting grass on the prison grounds, he walked away.

Tom Shaer, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Corrections, said Carter had been evaluated as a low escape risk, which led to his assignment on the work crew. While he declined to comment on the specifics of Carter's escape, he said the department will review all practices and procedures.

"It's important to note that IDOC has 2,000 to 3,000 inmates among work camps, work details outside the walls on prison grounds and work crews in communities and at state buildings, all without incident for years," Shaer said. "IDOC inmate volunteers give nearly 100,000 hours annually to community service, also with no problems."

Carter is serving a 10-year prison sentence on multiple charges of burglary. Most of his current charges were from Bond County, but he was also serving four years on a charge of residential burglary in Madison County. He had previously served time for theft, forgery, bad checks and damaging private property in Bond and Clinton counties.

Carter began serving time in May 2011, so with a day-for-day consideration for good behavior, he would have been eligible for parole in May 2016.

Now IDOC has the right to take away up to one year of sentence credit for an infraction, if approved by the Illinois Prisoner Review Board, Shaer said. That could add at least one year onto Carter's sentence.

In addition, Shaer said IDOC is investigating the escape and will submit its findings to the Crawford County state's attorney, which could decide to pursue additional charges against Carter.

After recapture, Carter was treated for minor injuries suffered during his flight and will be transferred to a maximum-security prison. Shaer said being in maximum security will be "a big difference" in Carter's day-to-day incarceration.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 239-2507.

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