Inmate captured just shy of parole, faces more prison time
May. 10, 2016
LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — An inmate who escaped from a minimum security prison in New Jersey just weeks shy of being eligible for parole could now face an additional three to five years behind bars for the escape, officials said.
Arthur Buckel, who eluded authorities for nearly a week, was taken into custody near the Garden State Parkway on Monday after a motorist reported seeing him in the woods near a highway rest stop, Lacey Township police Chief David Paprota said.
Paprota said Detective Keith Pearce, a 20-year veteran of the force, held Buckel, 38, at gunpoint while a state corrections officer took him into custody.
"Most of us have not slept since Saturday night because this event started last evening, so we're all very tired, very fatigued and very glad that it is over," Paprota said.
About 20 officers surrounded a handcuffed Buckel who was sitting on a guardrail before they put him in the back of a police vehicle, according to video from WPVI-TV.
Paprota said Pearce told him that Buckel appeared fatigued and did not resist. He was taken to a state prison in Trenton, where he couldn't be reached for comment.
Buckel had been serving a sentence for aggravated assault, drug possession and burglary. In addition to the escape charge he also could face additional criminal charges for his activities while he was a fugitive.
The state Department of Corrections said Buckel will be evaluated by its medical unit and then placed in a secure facility, where he will be interviewed by investigators to determine the circumstances that led up to the escape.
Buckel was missing when guards did a count at the Ancora unit of Bayside State Prison in Hammonton, about 50 miles southwest of Lacey Township, on May 3. He previously served 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated manslaughter in the death of a 10-month-old child.