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Franklin county inmate escapes, then recaptured

April 26, 2001

Franklin county inmate escapes, then recaptured



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An inmate serving time for escape scaled a 12-foot fence and fled from the Franklin County Prison Wednesday evening, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said.

Shamir Naim Whiting, 22, of Chambersburg, was recaptured a short time after the 8:30 p.m. escape.

Whiting was at the prison's annex on a work release detail at time of his 8:30 p.m. escape, state police said.

A guard noticed an inmate climbing the fence, which did not have razor wire, and pursued Whiting to Interstate 81 before losing sight of him, police said.

Troopers on the ground and in a helicopter joined Chambersburg Police in searching for Whiting.

A Chambersburg Police Department K-9 officer found Whiting behind a building on Phoenix Drive near Walker Road, police said.

He was taken into custody without incident, police said.

Whiting was charged with one count of escape, police said.

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He was serving time for violation of his probation on a prior escape from Vision Quest, police said.

- Kimberly Yakowski

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