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Convicted Murderer Escapes Jail by Posing as Cellmate, Posting Bond

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Escapee Patrick Walker

Patrick Walker, serving a life sentence for first-degree murder since a 2003 conviction, was transferred to a new cell and came up with a plan to escape. He realized that he resembled his new cellmate, and decided to pose as the other inmate, who was eligible to post a bond. Walker allegedly threatened forced cellmate Charles Pendarvis to give him his ID, under the threat of violence to he and his family. Walker then contact a woman on the outside to post bond for Pendarvis, and proceeded to walk out in his place. At this time, authorities do not beleive Pendarvis was a willing participant, and a massive manhunt is underway for Walker, considered to be a violent, dangerous individual.


Walker and Pendarvis

There is a resemblance between the two, while they’re not twins, it was enough to sneak past the jail when Walker flashed the ID. It reminds me of some other cases where subterfuge was used in the escape: the Florida inmates that forged court documents to get released, and the Alabama inmates that used peanut butter to cover a door number to get buzzed out to freedom. But the favorite is still Joeneather Singletary, the Lee County inmate who just buzzed the intercom and walked out, only to be caught 30 minutes later at Dunkin’ Donuts. She was still wearing her jail ID bracelet when they caught her: something that jail in Oklahoma ought to implement.


Florida Prisoner Escapes, but Surrenders because it was Too Hot

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Ricky Nelson, via DOC

This week a man working a prison-work detail walked away from his job and escaped into the woods near FGCU, only to turn himself in about 45 minutes later after succumbing to the Florida heat. Ricky Nelson, in prison for multiple drug charges, was with a work detail on the FGCU campus to control melaluca trees on the campus nature preserve. He ended up turning himself in to officials, sweaty and apologetic. He passed out from the heat after just a little while before coming back. But not before a major manhunt got underway, complete with K-9 officers and helicopters.

The escape attempt is even more poorly considered because Mr. Nelson was scheduled to be released in less than two months. Now he’s looking at a new second-degree felony for escape, and possibly more jail time. Oops.

Kudos to Fox4 for the additional details.

Burglar Drowns in Canal When He Flees

A Collier man caught a possible burglar trying to break into his car earlier this week. He confronted he man, who ran away, and tried to escape into a canal. Officers later found his body in the canal: presumably drowning is the cause of death, but the investigation continues.

Clearwater Man Tries to Tunnel out of his Jail Cell

Authorities in Clearwater got a tip that a Pinellas County inmate, Scott Lambert, was trying to dig out of his jail cell. When they searched, they found that he had in fact started a hole under his bunk, though it was only 6 inches wide and 1.5 inches deep. He was quite a way from Shawshanking out of there like Andy Dufresne.

Woman who Assisted New York Prison Break Sentenced to Prison

Joyce Mitchell

Joyce Mitchell

Joyce Mitchell, the prison employee who gave assistance New York prisoners Richard Matt and David Sweat- who were both serving prison sentences for murder was sentenced yesterday for her involvement in their escape. In July, she pled to promoting prison contraband, and criminal facilitation. Today, declaring that she had done very bad things, the court sentenced her to up to 7 years on the most serious offense.

She could have been facing more time if the prosecutors had charged her with conspiracy to murder her husband, which had apparently been discussed. She accepted a plea agreement that helped avoid additional charges. Now, she will be a client of the same prison system that she let down, and cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars in cost for the ensuing manhunt for the weeks while Matt and Sweat were on the run.

Man’s Frozen Meat Escapes Freezer: Caught Before it Could Thaw

  • Frank Levy returned to his North Fort Myers home to discover his meat had gotten out of the freezer.
  • Some items didn’t get off his lanai.
  • Other items made it across the street.

Frank Levy came home and found that some of the food he keeps in a freezer on his lanai had gotten out. Items, including a chicken and a rump roast, didn’t make it far, and were still located on his lanai. Not everything was still on the lanai, and Levy noticed that part of his lanai screen had been cut, and he called LCSO to report the missing meat.

Levy decided to canvass his neighborhood before deputies responded. He was able to track down the rest of his food, which had made it across the street. Levy found a package of ground beef sitting on the porch of his neighbor. He was able to return the ground beef to his own freezer.

Levy tried to talk to his neighbor, Lynda Mcklveen, but she was located unconscious on the porch, with the escaped ground beef lying at her feet. Since she had been incapacitated, she was initially unable to say what the meat had done to knock her out. According to Levy, she was completely unresponsive.

Lynda Mcklveen Mug Shot

Lynda Mcklveen Mug Shot

Later, detectives made contact with Mcklveen, who admitted to her role in liberating the meat. While Mcklveen apparently has a history of alcohol related offenses, there is nothing to suggest a pattern of meat-escape conspiracy. It remains to be seen why she liberated the meat, or why she was found lying  in a chair on er porch with a pack of frozen ground beef thawing at her feet. Crimcourts will continue to update as details become available, as we are the leading authority on freezer-breaks.

The preceding report is based on court documents and news-press.com reports: http://fortmyers.fl.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=29166dfe4&pSetup=fortmyers : follow the link and scroll down to this story: “N. FORT MYERS, Man finds his food on neighbor’s porch”



Man Escapes Prison… Six Days Before his Release

Matthew Medlin Booking Photo

Matthew Medlin Booking Photo

Mathew Medlin had on six days until his release on charges related to sex abuse, burglary and assault. Apparently, he couldn’t wait, as he allegedly scaled a fence at an Oregon correctional facility and walked away. The escape didn’t last long, as Medlin was caught 12 hours later, just a couple miles down the road from the prison. It’s a plot line straight out of a Coen Brothers movie. Get it together, Oregon… he’s a sex offender.

Perhaps he couldn’t take the jail food any longer: Medlin was caught at a Jack in the Box: he was spotted by a corrections officer on another assignment who recognized him walking down the street. That reminds me of one of the most ridiculous escapes ever, which happened right here in Lee County. Back in 2008, Joeneather Singletary walked out of the Lee County Jail. Literally pushed the intercom button, and the clerk buzzed her out. They caught her right down the street- she went to Dunkin’ Donuts! If you are on the run from teh cops, the Donut shop is the LAST place you want to go. Her little trip only lasted 30 minutes, and she went from misdemeanor charges to a new felony charge. She got herself an additional six months in jail for that, though she could have tried a novel defense… Is it escape if the jail buzzes you right out?

Medlin will likely be facing more incarceration- a lot longer than 6 days, for new escape charges. He also had to be treated for cuts suffered from the razor wire he crossed during his escape. If you excuse me, I’m going to go watch “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

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