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Escaped Central Florida prisoner caught in Indian River County

Posted at 7:25 AM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 09:54:24-05

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Fla. — A prisoner who escaped the Okeechobee Correctional Institution Work Camp on Thursday afternoon was caught Friday morning in Indian River County.

Officials said a witness led them to an unspecified area and a deputy chased the escaped inmate, Timothy L. Howton-McLaughlin, where a K-9 gave chase and caught him.

Howton-McLaughlin escaped the Okeechobee Correctional Institution Work Camp while on an outside work assignment.

The Florida Department of Corrections said security staff at the institution, located at 3420 N.E. 168th St., discovered Howton-McLaughlin's escaped while working on his outside work squad assignment and a FDC truck.

Early Friday morning, the Indian River County Sheriff's Office said the stolen FDC truck was recovered at the clubhouse in Countryside of Vero Beach on 20th Street.

Just before 9:30 a.m. Friday, the sheriff's office said Howton-McLaughlin was arrested.

He is currently serving an eight-year sentence for trafficking in stolen property and burglary.