An Alabama sheriff said Sunday two of three inmates who escaped from his jail have been recaptured. Justin Terrell Gordon, 23, and Gemayel Culbert, 32, were back in custody about 24 hours after they and Demarcus Woodward, 23, allegedly overpowered a guard and fled the Choctaw County Jail in Butler, Alabama.
Sheriff Tom Abate said Gordon was found in a vehicle in a Tuscaloosa parking lot late Saturday and surrendered without incident. He had been spotted by informants who contacted the Alabama Bureau of Investigation and federal marshals, Abate told the Associated Press.
Culbert was arrested early Sunday in Sumter County by federal marshals and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation but details of the arrest were not immediately available, Abate said.
"I won't feel good until we have all three back in our jail," Abate said, Reuters reported.
Culbert and Woodward both had been awaiting trial on capital murder charges while Gordon was being held in a convenience store robbery. The escape occurred about 2 a.m. CST Saturday when the trio tricked a guard into opening their cell door.
The jailer reportedly opened the door after seeing one of the inmates vomiting.
“One of the inmates was vomiting profusely,” Abate said, according to ABC. “They were saying he’s sick, dying, puking.”
Once the door was open, two of the inmates tackled and choked the guard, spraying Lysol in his face until he passed out, ABC said. They then grabbed his keys and cell phone before fleeing on foot. The guard was treated at a hospital and released, Reuters reported.
More than 100 law enforcement officials were involved in the manhunt, initially using dogs to track the escape route down State Highway 17, but lost the trail after a few hundred yards. Abate said investigators assumed the fugitives either had been picked up or had a vehicle stashed.