One Of 3 Florida Escapees Caught In New Orleans
WILDWOOD, Fla. (AP) _ One of three prisoners who overpowered a guard and escaped was captured a day later in New Orleans, but the other two abducted a man and got away, authorites said today.
Robert Maliga, 24, of Fort Lauderdale, was in custoday today, said New Orleans police spokesman David Adams. Maliga was booked with attempted kidnapping and attempted auto theft, Adams said.
Adams said the abduction occurred around 11 p.m., but details were not available this morning. Adams said the three were in a New Orleans pool hall when they apparently realized that they had been spotted. They ran for a nearby parking lot and accosted an unidentified man, he said.
Two of them got into the car with the man and forced him to drive them away, police said. Maliga ran for some nearby woods and was caught by police, Adams said.
Earlier today, Vernon Bradford, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Corrections, said the inmate had been captured after a shoot-out with police. However, police in New Orleans said they had no report of a shooting.
The three men, all of whom were convicted of violent crimes, took a .38- caliber revolver from the Polk County sheriff’s deputy they overpowered Wednesday, police said.
The three were serving time at Union Correctional Institution in Raiford for escape attempts, as well as the other charges, according to Donna McCarty, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.
Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Harmon was escorting the four, all in handcuffs and leg shackles, from Polk County Jail in Bartow back to the prison after a court hearing.
At a gas station stop, the deputy accompanied Lee Allen Roundtree, 23, to the restroom and left the other three men in the station wagon, Mrs. McCarty said.
When they returned, Harmon was jumped by the other three prisoners. He was roughed up but not seriously injured, police said.
The three escapees ran to where an elderly couple were driving up to a nearby restaurant, Sumter County Lt. Bill Farmer said.
″They ordered them out of the car at gunpoint,″ he said, ″and then told them to get in the back seat.″ The couple managed to run away instead, but the three prisoners took the car, police said.
Roundtree, who remained shackled, was caught quickly and returned to Polk County Jail, Mrs. McCarty said. He told authorities the prisoners had smuggled a key to the handcuffs and shackles out of the prison Farmer said.
Still missing are Michael Page, 27, of Cocoa Beach and Norman Hall, 24, of Fort Pierce.