FL fugitives mistakenly released from prison captured: 'they surrendered'
The two escaped Florida convicts surrendered on Saturday. (Source: WCTV/Orange County, FL Sheriff's Office/CNN)
PANAMA CITY, FL (WMBB/CNN) – Two Florida inmates who were mistakenly released from prison have been captured.
Charles Walker and Joseph Jenkins were arrested at a hotel in Panama City, FL.
Florida law enforcement coordinated with U.S. Marshals to locate and capture the escaped inmates.
"We got information that they were here at the Coconut Grove Motor Inn and we were able to identify they were in room 227," said U.S. Marshall Service Supervisory Inspector Marty West. "We surrounded the room this afternoon at about 6:20 p.m. We made announcements over our PA systems that they were surrounded, and after about a minute or two, both of the fugitives came out and surrendered to us."
The arrests come after a whirlwind manhunt for the two inmates whose brazen escape captured national attention.
Officials say the convicted murders presented forged paperwork to spring themselves from prison. Both men were serving life sentences without the possibility of parole.