Florida Prisoners Captured Following Escape With Forged Documents

Police track two convicted murderers to Panama City motel, inmates questioned all night.
2:21 | 10/20/13

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that huge break in the case after that massive manhunt for two convicted killers who escaped from a florida prison. It came to an end outside this motel, just 100 miles from the prison where they were serving life behind bars, and just hours before they were hoping to hitch a ride out of the state. Instead, tonight, they're now locked up, appearing in court, one at a time. Soon to be sent back to where they started. Authorities saying the elaborate plan that involved forged documents to get them out means they certainly had help. More arrests could be coming, and abc's steve osunsami is in panama city tonight. Reporter: Police had quietly tracked the two convicted murderers to this panama city motel. And at 5:20 saturday night local time, they had them surrounded. Their bull horns and firearms all aimed at room 227. 34-year-old fugitives charles walker and joe jenkins had no way out. We made announcements over our p.A. System that they were surrounded and after about a minute or two, both of the fugitives came out and surrendered to us. Reporter: The very clever escaped prisoners appeared in a county court today. Jenkins, joseph. Reporter: Still waiting to be handed over to prison officials. Police questioning them all night. There's been a request you be held without bond. Reporter: Today, state authorities told us the men had help. That they traveled here separately and were waiting on a ride out of town. Police promise more arrests as soon as possible. The piece we know is that it was being dispatched from atlanta. Who was the driver, or where that driver was going to take them after he or she got here, we do not know. Reporter: There's just no way to sugar coat how big an embarrassment this has been to state authorities. From their prison cells, walker and jenkins somehow produced forged documents that were good enough for corrections officials to release the men from their life sentences without parole. It is embarrassing. Everyone else here is making sure that we come up with a process and a procedure that prohibits this from happening in the future. Reporter: The papers included a judge's signature. They cut and paste my signature and affixed it to the order. Reporter: In panama city, where the two men were hiding out, they're frustrated with prison officials. Police are looking closely at their friends on the outside who may have deposited money into their prison canteen accounts. Those accounts are used to buy food, hygiene and other products that work like cash in prison.

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