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  • mcprison mcprison May 6, 2001 10:04 PM Flag

    3 escapees quickly captured

    St. Petersburg Times

    May 06, 2001, Sunday

    SECTION: CITRUS TIMES; Pg. 13

    DISTRIBUTION: CITRUS TIMES

    LENGTH: 817 words

    HEADLINE: Tool for escape was - key

    BYLINE: JORGE SANCHEZ and JIM ROSS

    BODY:
    �Three inmates escape from Cypress Creek Detention Facility using a key given to them by a staff member. All are quickly caught.

    LECANTO - When three inmates at Cypress Creek Detention Facility decided to escape Friday night, they didn't have to come up with an elaborate plan. One of them already had the key which unlocked an exterior door.

    The trio bolted out the door, ran across an exercise yard and climbed the first of two security fences. Two were chased down in the area between the fences. The third inmate managed to scale the second fence and ran into the woods nearby. He was talked into surrendering by a waiter who was just leaving his shift at the Rusty Duck Restaurant.

    The escape incident began when inmate Anthony Valazquez, 18, was given a key to the shower room by Cypress Creek staff members at about 6 p.m. Friday, according to a report filed by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. Somehow, Valazquez knew the key was a master key which would also open the door leading to the exercise yard.

    Valazquez waited until 10:15 p.m. to make his move. He used the key to unlock the door leading to the exercise yard and bolted toward the first of two security fences. He was joined by fellow inmate Darious L. White, 18, and an unidentified juvenile inmate.

    Valazquez was prepared. He had a blanket to lay over the coils of razor wire and strands of barbed wire on top of the fences and was able to climb over both. He headed north, toward State Road 44, through a patch of woods.

    Around 10:20 p.m., waiter Kevin McCurdy was getting off work. He went to the parking lot to fire up his Harley Davidson motorcycle so the engine could warm up.

    "This guy comes out of the woods, with blue jail clothes on. He was bleeding from his arm and leg. He told me "Hey man, you've got to get me out of here, I just escaped from prison,'�"�McCurdy said.

    McCurdy said he told the escapee that he wasn't going to help him.

    "We started talking, some of the other employees came out, and then finally we told him: "You've got two options: run and possibly get killed or just give it up.'�"

    Just as a sheriff's cruiser pulled into a corner of the restaurant, McCurdy said Valazquez agreed to surrender.

    "He just walked over with me to the cop car, put his hands on the hood on surrendered. There was no trouble."