Escaped New Jersey inmate back in custody

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (WTXF) —   Authorities say an inmate who escaped last week from a minimum security prison in New Jersey is back in custody.

  Lacey Township police said on Twitter that 38-year-old Arthur Buckel was located Monday in a wooded area near the Garden State Parkway.

   State police say Buckel was seen late Sunday near a rest area, where Lacey police say state troopers and Buckel's family had made arrangements for him to turn himself. But, he was gone when state police arrived.

   Police have been searching throughout the area and extra officers are stationed at nearby schools Monday

   Buckel was found missing last Tuesday when guards did a count at Bayside State Prison in Hammonton.

   Lacey Township is about 50 miles northeast of Hammonton. He was just three weeks from becoming eligible for parole for aggravated assault.

   Buckel previously served 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated manslaughter of a 10-month-old child.

 

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