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Five Alabama Escapees Caught in Tennessee

Aired February 1, 2001 - 8:47 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

CAROL LIN, CNN ANCHOR: We've got more information now on the escaped prison inmates from the Alabama maximum security prison. The story this morning is that a routine call to the Tennessee Highway Patrol brought officers out to a BP convenient store, which is where they ended up chasing down three of the six inmates. Three were captured, two captured later, but one is still on the loose. He is a convicted murder.

So joining us right now is Lilla Marigza. She is with our affiliate in Nashville.

Lilla, what is the latest on this investigation. Have they found the six suspects?

LILLA MARIGZA, WKRN REPORTER: They have not found the sixth suspect, but again, they have captured five out of the six of the Alabama Six, those escapees.

We're about 50 miles west of Nashville in Bucksnort, Tennessee -- right off Interstate 40. This is between Nashville and Memphis.

Joining us now with an update is Phil Thomas, special agent in charge of the west Tennessee division here.

Tell us -- you've just captured a fifth.

PHIL THOMAS, FBI SPECIAL AGENT: That's correct. At this point, we've captured Jack Allred (ph), who was fifth person captured this morning. And the only person out in the woods remaining is Gary Scott. And it's important for the public to be aware that Gary Scott is a convicted murder and should be very alert and vigilant until this guy is captured.

MARIGZA: How is the search continuing, and how did you manage to capture all these others so quickly?

THOMAS: Well, actually it was very alert police work by a Hickman County Sheriff's deputy. He had responded to a suspicious activity report, went down a deserted road, and basically came upon these people in the woods. They bolted from the car when he turned on lights, and they when into a wooded area behind us. And we've been on scene since about 2:00 this morning, with the help of Hickman County Sheriff's Department, TVI, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

MARIGZA: You know -- you used dogs, of course, to flush these men out?

THOMAS: We have about three teams in the woods now. And as I understand it, one of the dogs, Chaos (ph), is responsible for the capture of three of these individuals. So he's had a good day.

MARIGZA: Now, one of the men said that he was injured.

THOMAS: That's correct, one of the individuals was running away from an FBI agent who was pursuing him, and he fell and injured his leg.

MARIGZA: Tell us once again the one who still remains on the loose.

THOMAS: Yes, that person is Gary Scott, and he has been convicted of capital murder, and he was serving a life sentence without parole. So from a public perspective, he is a very dangerous individual. And we're treating all these individuals as armed and dangerous.

MARIGZA: Thank you very much, Phil Thomas with the FBI.

I just heard the helicopter fly over. They're searching still with those dogs and teams on the ground and from the air. They're not going to let that sixth escapee escape the perimeter that they have set up.

Now, as Phil Thomas told us, this was an alert local authority who started this whole manhunt. It was Here at the BP station, a gas station right off of the interstate, where this manhunt started this morning. The employees at the gas station say the three men came into the store, made six sandwiches this morning. About 45 minutes later, they had called the sheriff's deputies out to kind of check the area because there had been some burglaries in this area.

They pulled down a dirt road into the woods behind the BP station, came up on these inmates sitting in the car -- and then fled into the woods -- and when they ran the tags on that car, it did come back as the one that Alabama authorities had been looking for in connection with the escapees.

So again, this manhunt continues, and we're hoping they will find that sixth escapee very soon -- Carol.

LIN: Lilla Marigza, thank you very much, from our Nashville affiliate WKRN.

Once again, we want to show you the picture of the six men, one of whom is still missing right now, outstanding. Of the five they've got captured: O.C. Borden, he was serving a life sentence for murder; Steve Murphy, life sentence for murder; Billy Gamble, 25 years for robbery; and Jack Allred, life -- a life sentence for robbery; as well as James McClain (ph), 20 years for robbery is what he was serving for.

But now, at least one or perhaps all of these men may face charges in a convenient store robbery.

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