AUSTIN (KXAN) — A South Carolina inmate who escaped from prison there while serving a life sentence for kidnapping an attorney has been arrested in Central Texas after three nights on the run.
The U.S. Marshals Office says they were conducting surveillance of Jimmy Causey, 46, at a Motel 6 at 800 Arrow Point Dr. in Cedar Park, after receiving information from authorities in South Carolina about his location. With the help of the Texas Rangers and several other law enforcement agencies, authorities went into his room and arrested him around 4 a.m. while he was sleeping.
Inside Causey’s motel room, authorities found two loaded firearms, $46,000 in cash, numerous cellphones and a fake ID. “It makes me uncomfortable that he had ID and all of that, I”m not sure where he got ID,” explains Clyde Houston, operations manager with Motel 6.
In the parking lot, there was also a red Ford Explorer with Georgia plates, that belonged to another vehicle. “I don’t believe there’s anything that discriminates who’s in danger, I believe everyone in public is in danger,” said Deputy Brandon Filla with the U.S. Marshal Office out of Austin.
The massive manhunt for Causey started on Wednesday, July 5. The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDOC) determined Causey escaped from the Lieber Correctional Institution, a maximum-security prison in Ridgeville, S.C., around 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 4.
During Friday’s news conference, Bryan Stirling, the director of SCDOC, said Causey used a makeshift dummy to make it look like he was in bed. Once they verified inmate count on Wednesday, they determined he was missing, 18 hours later. Prison officials believe a cellphone was used to help the suspect escape as well as a drone. They believe the drone was used to smuggle in contraband to help Causey escape. To get through the prison fences, the inmate used wire cutters.
Our sister station in Columbia reports this is Causey’s second escape from prison. He and another inmate escaped Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia in 2005 by hiding in a trash truck. They were captured three days later. In that escape attempt, the Post and Courier, reports the inmates used toilet paper to make fake heads to trick guards into thinking the men were in their beds.
Causey was convicted in 2002 for robbery and kidnapping after he held his former attorney at gunpoint and ransacked the man’s house searching for money.
Texas passed a law last session making it a misdemeanor to fly a drone on or near the premises of a correctional facility. The law takes effect September 1.