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Final Alabama Escapee Arrested

Aired February 1, 2001 - 2:10 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

JOIE CHEN, CNN ANCHOR: Speaking about the one escapee who is still at large, Gary Scott, we'll continue to follow up on that -- Natalie.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: We'll follow up right now, Joie, because we've just learned he's been caught.

And we have someone on the telephone with us to tell us about how this happened -- Captain Mark Fagan.

Who are you with, sir?

CAPT. MARK FAGAN, TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL: I'm with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

ALLEN: Well, tell us -- we hear that Mr. Scott has been caught. Tell us what happened.

FAGAN: After an extensive manhunt, since approximately 1:30 this morning, Mr. Gary Ray Scott was taken into custody approximately 1:00 p.m. by members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. We were responding to a report of a pedestrian from a citizen. Of course, everybody near was alert for suspicious behavior or suspicious individuals. We did get a report of a pedestrian in the area. A trooper responded to the area; initially made no contact -- coming back, found him coming out of the woods and attempted to hide under a bridge. And he was taken into custody without incident.

ALLEN: So is this 1:00 p.m. Central time, just a few moments ago?

FAGAN: One p.m. Central, correct.

ALLEN: So was he still in the general area where he disappeared with the other inmates who were caught?

FAGAN: Yes; all of the individuals were called probably within a mile radius of the original point of escape from the deputy.

ALLEN: Was he armed?

FAGAN: No, he was not armed. None of them that we have taken into custody were armed.

ALLEN: Was there any kind of scuffle with him as officers tried to handcuff him?

FAGAN: No; once he was apprehended he cooperated and was taken into custody without incident, as were all the others.

ALLEN: You must feel quite relieved, captain, at how all of this has ended up there in your area.

FAGAN: Very; it's been just a joint effort between multi-agent law enforcement agencies, superb cooperation. We can't say enough about our sister agencies and how well we all came together on this. And fortunately we've got six very violent people in custody and back behind bars shortly.

ALLEN: And, no doubt, you have thanks for the residents there who were alert and helped officers out on this one?

FAGAN: Absolutely; full cooperation from everybody involved.

ALLEN: We thank you so much Captain Mark Fagan; and thank you for bringing us that information so quickly.

So there you have it; since we started reporting the story a few moments ago, the last inmate who broke out of that Alabama prison, Gary Scott, a man who was in prison for murder is now in custody. All six who broke out by going under an electric fence there at the prison are back in custody.

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