Valentine’s Day Prison Break Thwarted
He jumped two walls. He wriggled through the razor wire. He was on his way to a romantic Valentine’s Day rendezvous with his sweetheart. One problem: he was supposed to be behind bars.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s office said in a release on Saturday that Joseph Andrew Dekenipp was caught a few hours after he escaped from the county detention centre on Friday. The sheriff’s office said he would undergo treatment for serious cuts he got from the wire before being returned to the lockup.
The Arizona Republic reported that the 40-year-old was arrested without incident after he arrived at a Coolidge saloon and grill where he was to meet his girlfriend. Coolidge is about 35 miles southeast of Phoenix.
Dekenipp has been in jail since his arrest on 10 January, on suspicion of vehicle theft, trafficking in stolen property, unlawful flight, and driving on a suspended license.
Officials say he is now facing an escape charge too.