Escaped inmates from Decatur captured in Albertville

David Hopkins and Michael Worsham escaped from the Decatur Community Based Facility.
David Hopkins and Michael Worsham escaped from the Decatur Community Based Facility.

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Two inmates who escaped from the Decatur Community Based Facility have been captured in Albertville.

According to the Alabama Department of Corrections, Hopkins and Worsham escaped from the Decatur Community Based Facility around 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Police had information that the two escapees, David Hopkins and Michael Worsham, might be in the Albertville area and had been on the lookout.

The men were spotted near a Ford F-350 that had been stolen from Decatur. The truck was parked in front of the Westgate Apartments. The men were found walking to the nearby Brookwood Apartments.

The area was surrounded and the men were apprehended around 2:45 p.m. and taken to the Albertville City Jail. Around 4:45 p.m., police confirmed they were taken to Limestone Correctional Facility in Athens.

David Hopkins was sentenced to life for theft in Madison County back in 1997. Michael Worsham was serving a 20-year sentence for forgery.

According to WAFF archives, eleven inmates have escaped the facility since 2010, including an inmate who escaped last week. Law enforcement recaptured him several hours after his escape. In 2011, the warden had a nine-foot tall fence installed around an open area of the facility.

Nearby businesses that sit within feet of the Decatur Community Based Facility said they are not concerned about recent and past escapes. Tennessee Valley Recycling operates directly across the street from the facility. CEO Joel Denbo said he has expensive equipment at his business, but he's not concerned about inmates trying to take it.

He said that chances are they're not going to stop at his business because they're trying to leave the area as quickly as possible. He said he's been near the correctional facility for decades and they've been good neighbors.

"We've never had any negative experiences with the work release center. My wife even comes to work here every day and we're not fearful of it," said Denbo.

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