Second Ky. Escapee Caught in Indiana

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The second jail escapee suspected of abducting a South Carolina woman during a multi-state crime spree was caputured Wednesday in Indiana.

Chadrick E. Fulks was in custody after being caught sometime after 11 a.m. CST in Elkhart County, Ind., said Tom VanWormer, an FBI agent in Evansville, Ind.

It wasn't immediately clear Wednesday if authorities were any closer to finding the missing woman, Alice Donovan, VanWormer said. Authorities believe she was kidnapped Thursday from a Wal-Mart parking lot in Conway, S.C., by Fulks and another escapee, L. Branden Basham, who was arrested Sunday in Kentucky.

Fulks, 25, and Basham, 21, who escaped Nov. 4 from the Hopkins County jail in western Kentucky, also are suspected of abducting a 42-year-old Kentucky man who was able to free himself after he was left tied to a tree.

Basham was arrested Sunday after allegedly trying to hijack a car from a woman and her 15-year-old daughter at an Ashland, Ky., mall. After a foot chase during which Basham and an officer exchanged gunfire, police found him in the Ohio River.

Without elaborating, Kentucky police said Basham's arrest yielded ``a lot of leads'' in the search for Donovan. He was being held in lieu of $2 million bail on charges of attempted robbery, criminal attempt to commit murder on an officer and fleeing or eluding a police officer.

Details of Fulks' arrest were not immediately released.

Ohio troopers said they believe they spotted Fulks late Monday sleeping in a blue BMW parked in a rest area in north-central Ohio. The man sped off when the trooper ordered him out of the car and nearly ran over another officer. The pursuit was halted to make sure the officer was OK.

``Our trooper did not see anyone else in the car but we don't know if there were possible victims or abductions inside the trunk,'' Lewis said.

Donovan's relatives have said they hoped her knack for gaining trust and her friendliness would buy her safety.

``She's a good listener and cares about other people,'' her sister Gloria Lindsey said. ``I can't help but think that if the kidnappers just let her talk, gain her trust and get to know her, they would not harm her.''


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