Search continues for inmate who escaped from van in Berkeley County

September 15, 2010

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. -- Police were still looking for a prisoner who escaped Wednesday morning when a van transporting him from Kentucky to New Jersey stopped at a fast-food restaurant, West Virginia State Police said.

Albert Voute, 34, fled on foot from the parking lot of the Burger King on W.Va. 901 in the Spring Mills area of Falling Waters and had not been located as of 5:30 p.m., Sgt. T.C. Kearns said in an updated release Wednesday afternoon.

State troopers from Maryland and West Virginia, Sheriff's Office deputies and U.S. marshals were searching the area north of Exit 20 of Interstate 81 with the help of multiple K-9 units and a Maryland State Police helicopter, the release said.

Kearns said the suspect should be considered dangerous. Officers notified local residents and searched abandoned structures since the escape, according to Kearns.


Voute was being taken to New Jersey by North Atlantic Extradition Services to face a charge of armed robbery, police said.

Police said he was able to remove his leg shackles and escape from the van. He was last seen running north behind the Burger King restaurant, wearing an orange prison T-shirt and orange pants.

Voute is described as 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing 175 pounds. He has short black hair.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

There have been no confirmed sightings of the suspect since his escape, Kearns said in the news release.

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