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1 of 3 Indiana prison escapees is captured in Michigan

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley talked about the convicted killer who was caught near his Michigan vacation home. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley talked about the convicted killer who was caught near his Michigan vacation home. (Charles Rex Arbogast/ Associated Press)
Associated Press / July 14, 2009
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GRAND BEACH, Mich. - A convicted killer who escaped from the Indiana State Prison was caught yesterday near the Michigan vacation home of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley by an officer on the mayor’s security detail, authorities said.

Police warned nearby residents to stay inside because two other escapees were still on the loose. The three men were discovered missing Sunday morning from the maximum security prison in Michigan City, Ind., apparently escaping through underground tunnels and pipes, the Indiana Department of Correction said.

Daley said he was at his southwestern Michigan vacation home early yesterday with his wife and three grandchildren when one of his guards saw two men fitting the descriptions of the escapees near the house in Grand Beach, Mich.

The officer caught 48-year-old Charles Smith at gunpoint in a driveway near Daley’s home, and police later arrived and took him into custody, said Grand Beach Police Chief Dan Schroeder. The other man ran off into the woods, Daley said.

Schroeder said police believe the other man seen near Daley’s home was convicted killer Mark Booher, 46, of New Castle, Ind. Police told residents to lock their doors and stay indoors.

Authorities were also were looking for the third escapee, convicted rapist Lance Battreal, 45, of Rockport, Ind.

Daley said he didn’t think the escaped convicts were targeting him or his home, located eight miles from the Indiana prison.

“I think they were lost,’’ he later told reporters in Chicago.