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Two Minimum Security Inmates Escape; One Apprehended in Indiana

Date of News Release: 08/26/2008

(Frankfort, Ky) - Two minimum-security inmates walked away from the Frankfort Career Development Center last night but at least one's taste of freedom was short lived.

Robert Fritz, 28, and John Alstatt, 53, were reported missing at approximately 10:20 p.m., Monday.

Fritz was apprehended at around 6:45 a.m., today by Evansville, Ind., police after crashing a truck that police allege he and Alstatt stole in Frankfort. Alstatt fled the scene of the crash on foot and police are continuing the search for the inmate.

According to authorities, Fritz and Alstatt stole a truck from a business in the Frankfort area Monday night. Evansville police located a vehicle matching the description of the stolen truck. The same vehicle was later involved in a wreck and both of the inmate uniforms were discovered inside. Fritz was arrested at the time of the crash and lodged in the Vanderburgh County Jail in Evansville. Both inmates will face charges in connection with the Frankfort theft in addition to escape when they are returned to Kentucky.

Fritz was serving a 10-year sentence for charges out of Jefferson County for identity theft, fraudulent use of credit cards, criminal possession of a forged instrument, receiving stolen property and persistent felony offender. His parole eligibility date was May 2009.

Alstatt was serving a seven-year sentence out of Henderson County for theft and persistent felony offender. He would have served out his sentence in less than two months. Alstatt is described as a 6'3" white male with brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information about this inmate is asked to contact Kentucky State Police at the Post 12 in Frankfort at 502-227-2221.

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