Monday, January 20, 2014

UPDATE: IDOC Escapees Caught

Posted By on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 11:56 AM


UPDATE: Jan. 20, 2014 11 a.m.

The Idaho Department of Correction announced Jan. 20 that two men who had escaped from the North Idaho Correctional Institution in Cottonwood on Jan. 18 were back in custody.

The Idaho County Sheriff's Office said Caleb Joe Thomas and Ridge Scott Dains were captured while driving a stolen vehicle near Walla, Walla, Wash.

Thomas and Dains escaped from NICI shortly after midnight on Jan. 18.

The two are being returned to Idaho County, where they face the possibility of new charges related to their escape.

IDOC is conducting a thorough review of the events that led up to the escape.

ORIGINAL POST: Jan. 19, 2014 9 a.m.

Law enforcement throughout the Northwest are on the lookout for two escapees from the North Idaho Correctional Institution in Cottonwood. The men were reported missing early Jan. 18.


The Idaho Department of Correction is looking for 20-year-old Caleb Joe Thomas, a 6-foot-1-inch white male who weighs approximately 186 pounds. He was convicted of first degree arson, destruction of evidence, solicitation to commit perjury and grand theft. Authorities are also looking for 21-year-old Ridge Dains, a 5-foot-1-inch white male who weighs approximately 140 pounds. He was convicted of burglary.


Searchers say they found footprints in the snow outside of the prison, indicating the inmates' escape.


The Idaho County Sheriff's Office said it was possible that the pair was picked up by someone who may be headed toward southern Idaho.


People with information regarding the whereabouts of Thomas and Dains are being asked to contact their local law enforcement agency.



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