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Jail escapee is captured in Illinois

Associated Press / November 18, 2010

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ST. LOUIS — A suspect in a brazen multimillion-dollar heist was recaptured yesterday about 60 miles from the Missouri jail he had fled with another inmate.

John Wesley Jones, 36, was found weaponless before dawn hiding in an attic in a rental home in Swansea, Ill. As the US Marshals Service continued its hunt for the other fugitive, Corey Durand Cross, 31, agents also began relocating nearly three dozen federal prisoners kept at the same Missouri jail as the two escapees.

Both men escaped the Lincoln County Jail just northwest of their hometown of St. Louis on Monday after somehow making their way onto the lockup’s roof and down a 30-foot wall — an escape authorities have refused to publicly explain.

Authorities had considered both men potentially armed and dangerous, given their backgrounds. At the time of their escape, both were being held without bond on federal charges in separate weapons-related cases.

The FBI also had named Jones as a suspect in a well-orchestrated, daylight holdup of an ATM Solutions site in St. Louis.

In that August holdup, four armed bandits clad from head to toe in black overpowered two of the company’s workers and locked them in a vault before using an armored company van to haul away containers filled with possibly millions of dollars, authorities said. No one was injured, and the other three suspects have not been identified publicly.

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