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Inmate with Lauderdale Co. ties recaptured after escaping from Decatur corrections facility

The Alabama Department of Corrections says an inmate that escaped from the North Alabama CBF in Decatur has been recaptured.

Posted: Apr 15, 2019 9:25 AM
Updated: Apr 16, 2019 6:36 PM

Billy Harold Anderson III was recaptured on Church Street NE in Decatur at 6:45 p.m. on Monday by the Alabama Department of Corrections.  

WAAY 31 spoke with a man on Tuesday who says the escaped convict tried to get into his house before he was caught.

Billy Harold Anderson III

“'Let me look up that article that I saw earlier today online on WAAY.' So, I looked it up and said, ‘Oh wait. Hold on. That’s the guy!’ And my wife and I kind of chuckled nervously, saying ‘What just happened?’”

That was Hugh Long’s reaction after learning an inmate on the run almost came into his home.

“He came running across our yard, which is a small fenced yard, so it was kind of surprising," Long said.

The inmate didn’t stop there. Long says he tried to go into his basement. That’s when Long came outside and confronted him.

“‘Why are you on my property?’ He sort of got scared and said, ‘I need a phone.’”

Long told him to leave, and just a few seconds later, police pulled up and arrested him.

“I didn’t have to call 9-1-1. They were already here," Long said. "I was about to call 9-1-1, but they were already here, doing their jobs. They were on it and had been tracking this man for a while.”

Long says he realizes the incident could’ve been a lot worse.

“He didn’t seem to be violent, but you never know. The truth is, you have to be careful and you have to be safe," he said. "We got lucky and I know we did. I’m thankful that nothing bad happened.”

This is the fourth inmate to escape from the work release program this year, something Long says he’d like to see stop.

“I wish it wasn’t happening," he said. "I wish these young men didn’t feel the need to escape, because all they’re doing is adding to their sentence.”

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From earlier:

The Alabama Department of Corrections says an inmate has escaped from the North Alabama CBF in Decatur.

Billy Harold Anderson III, 29, escaped about 7:25 a.m. Sunday, according to the DOC. His escape was not announced until Monday.

Anderson is 5’11”, weighs 135 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. He has several tattoos, including his initials, a skull, and the phrase ‘God’s Masterpeace.” He was wearing street clothes at the time of his escape.

He was sentenced to 18 months on Dec. 6 on a burglary charge from Lauderdale County.

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