Escapee still on the loose, another inmate seen unsupervised
Wed, 09 May 2012 23:25:25 GMT —
A prisoner who walked away from a work detail in Lapeer County is still on the loose and while the hunt continues NBC25 cameras caught what appears to be another inmate on a work release detail unsupervised.
Up until last month armed security patrolled prison grounds while inmates worked outside the facility doing work detail. Those patrols were cut April 1st, yet parolees still do work detail outside the prison.
Residents in Lapeer County are on edge after 31-year old Darrell Stallard escaped from the Thumb Correctional Facility while doing lawn work outside the prison Tuesday.
Authorities say he walked away while he was mowing lawns. His uniform was found near a ditch.
Many school districts including Davison Schools remained in secure mode wednesday.
However the prison appeared to back to business as usual.
NBC25 cameras caught an inmate doing lawn work with no guard in sight. For nearly 20 minutes the inmate can be seen working close to a main street with cars driving by.
A guard finally comes out and tells the worker to go inside because of our cameras.
Once it looks like we have left the inmate is let out once again with no supervision in sight.
"That's very troubling. If it happens once and they're not guarding, how can it not happen again?" said Lapeer County resident Dawn Jenson.
"When I hear stuff like this the first thing I want to do is lock the doors. I don't feel safe," said Lapeer County resident Kelsey Petrie.
"That makes me so nervous. So scared," said Petrie's neighbor, Lacie Francis.
NBC25 called Michigan Department of Corrections for answers but they did not return my calls.
NBC25 has also learned new information on Stallard. He was paroled in December 2011, but according to the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department he was arrested this past January for domestic violence and for theft in February which are both violations of his parole.
Many residents are now questioning why he was allowed into a residential re-entry program, which is usually reserved for those considered low risk.