Escaped Prisoner Captured In Department Store
Dec. 12, 1985
TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ A federal prisoner who jumped from a moving plane on a runway while being taken to California for trial was captured here at a store where he allegedly was seen shoplifting, officials say.
U.S. Marshal Stuart Earnest said Wednesday that Reginald D. Still, 41, was arrested Tuesday by a security officer at a Target store.
He said Still was in the custody of the U.S. Marshal's Office in Tulsa. He is to be sent to Oklahoma City after appearing before a U.S. Magistrate on escape charges, Earnest said.
Still had a thick beard at the time of his escape Saturday night, but was clean-shaven when nabbed by the security officer, Earnest said.
Still leaped out of a transport plane as it was braking at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. Earnest estimated the plane was going 20 to 30 mph at the time.
He was being transported from a federal hospital in Springfield, Mo., to Sacramento, Calif., where he was to go on trial on a charge of interstate transportation of a stolen motor vehicle.
The U.S. Marshal's Service transports prisoners to court appearances and penitentiaries around the nation. The program is based in Oklahoma City, and prisoners on overnight trips often are housed at a federal correctional facility in El Reno.
Normally, prisoners are transported by a Boeing 727, but a backup plane - a Convair 580 propeller kept under contract - was being used Saturday because the jet was down for repairs, authorities said.