Former Alabama prison boss Vicky White and escaped inmate Casey Cole White were loaded with cash, wigs and a small arsenal and were planning to have a shootout with police when they were finally captured after an 11-day manhunt, cops revealed on Tuesday.
More details about the end of the couple’s dramatic escape emerged at a press conference, where cops showed photos of stacks of cash and weapons, including an AR-15 and guns. fist.
The whites, who had been in a ‘prison romance’ for about two years before their escape but were neither related nor married, were finally arrested Monday night after spending about a week in hiding in Evansville, Indiana – a small town along the Ohio River about 300 miles north of Lauderdale County, cops said.
Days earlier, Casey had been captured on CCTV at an Evansville car wash cleaning a Ford F-150, which was later abandoned in the business, before taking off in a Cadillac, the sheriff said. of Vanderburgh County, Dave Wedding, during a press briefing on Tuesday.
On Monday, a deputy on patrol spotted the Cadillac in the parking lot of Motel 41, a seedy roadside dwelling that was once a Motel 6, and immediately notified investigators, who set up a lookout at the scene, said Wedding.
Shortly after, Vicky and Casey were seen fleeing the scene in the Cadillac and then led cops on a chase that ended after officers rammed their vehicle and pushed it into a ditch.
Almost immediately afterwards, Vicky took her own life as Casey turned herself in, Wedding said.
“We found out later that if they didn’t have [rammed the vehicle]the fugitive was going to engage in a firefight with law enforcement,” Wedding told reporters.
“This action may have saved the lives of many of my law enforcement deputies and colleagues.”
When cops looked inside the vehicle, they found four semi-automatic handguns, an AR-15, tons of ammo, and the holster belt Vicky used as the assistant director of corrections to Lauderdale County.
They also found numerous wigs and about $29,000 in cash, Wedding said.
Casey gave investigators a lengthy interview in which he explained that the two had stopped in Evansville to determine their next move, but Wedding declined to provide further details on what they had learned. They said that Vicky voluntarily participated in the plan.
Earlier Tuesday, Casey had a brief appearance in Evansville court where he waived his right to extradition. He is expected to be brought back to Lauderdale County shortly for arraignment before being immediately transferred to the custody of the Alabama Department of Corrections.
Wedding and Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said the dates and times of Casey’s transfers would not be released due to “security concerns”.
On April 29, Vicky was on her final shift at the Lauderdale County Jail after filing her retirement papers the day before when she told co-workers that Casey had a mental evaluation scheduled at the local courthouse. Investigators later determined that there had been no such rendezvous and that the two had fled town.
Their first getaway car – a distinctive orange 2007 Ford Edge – was found abandoned in Tennessee hours after the couple’s escape, but investigators didn’t connect it to Vicky and Casey until Friday.
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