2 escaped Tennessee prison inmates found in Florida

Published 10:11 am Monday, December 14, 2020

Two inmates who escaped a northwest Tennessee prison were found Sunday in Florida, authorities said.

Law enforcement officers arrested Robert Brown and Christopher Osteen in Pompano Beach, Florida, more than two days after they escaped from Northwest Correctional Complex in Lake County, Tennessee, the Tennessee Department of Correction said in a news release.

Further details about the arrests were not immediately released Sunday evening.

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Authorities announced Brown’s arrest about an hour before they said Osteen was found. Both men had been placed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s most wanted list.

Brown, 36, is serving an 18-year sentence for aggravated rape and Osteen, 34, is serving an eight-year sentence for burglary, authorities said. They face additional charges stemming from their escape from the minimum security annex of the prison in Tiptonville, Tennessee, authorities said.

Tiptonville is about 1,070 miles (1,720 kilometers) northwest of Pompano Beach.

After escaping Friday morning, Brown and Osteen kidnapped an employee of the highway department in Fulton County, Kentucky, from a boat ramp on the Mississippi River, the sheriff’s office in Henry County, Tennessee, reported on its Facebook page.

The employee and his department truck were later found in Henry County, the sheriff’s office said.

Early Saturday, deputies found a Henry County resident who had been tied up in his home by the escapees. The sheriff’s office said the pair stole the resident’s red 2009 Chevrolet Silverado extended cab pickup truck, which was found Sunday in Florida.