Robert Vick was an escaped inmate who had a sudden change of heart when he was trapped outside in this week’s frigid temperatures.
Vick escaped from a minimum security prison this weekend in Kentucky, but ended up outside in the middle of the arctic vortex that sank the area into single-digit temperatures.
So the 42-year-old man found a motel and made a bizarre request to the clerk —- call police so they could bring him back to prison.
Police and paramedics arrived, and the escaped inmate was eventually returned to the Blackburn Correctional Complex, Roberts said.
“This was definitely of his own volition,” said Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts. “It’s cold out there, too cold to run around. I can understand why the suspect would turn himself in.”
The escaped inmate was wearing only his prison-issued khaki pants, a shirt and jacket when he busted out, noted Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Lamb. Meanwhile, temperatures outside in Kentucky dipped as low as the single digits, with wind chills reaching 20 degrees below zero.
Another escaped inmate had a very different story. Michael Morrow, who was the longest running escaped inmate in California history, was captured in September of 2013 after 37 years on the run. The 70-year-old man had moved to Arkansas, where he started a new life and blended in with his small town.
Morrow was almost nabbed once when Arkansas police identified him as a suspect in a homicide, but no charges were ever filed, and California investigators never found out about it.
“Databases weren’t as automated in 1984 as they are today,” said Terry Thornton of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
After being treated for hypothermia, escaped inmate Robert Vick resumed serving his six-year sentence for burglary and criminal possession of a forged instrument.