One of three Alabama jail escapees is captured

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Posted: Dec 14, 2014 12:17 PM

(Reuters) - One of three inmates who broke out of an Alabama county jail after overpowering a guard in a weekend escape was captured on Sunday in Montgomery, according to a dispatcher for the Choctaw County sheriff’s office.

Justin Terrell Gordon was caught but the two others who got away with him on Saturday remain at large, said the dispatcher, declining to identify herself or elaborate on the circumstances of the capture.

Local media had earlier identified Gordon, 23, as an escapee, along with Demarcus Woodard, 23 and Germayel Culbert, 37. Gordon was in jail on a robbery charge while Woodard and Culbert face murder charges, according to media reports.

The three escaped from the jail in the rural southwestern town of Butler after jumping the guard, who came into a shared cell to check on an inmate who was vomiting, Choctaw County Sheriff Tom Abate said on Saturday. They stole the jailer's keys and mobile phone, then fled on foot.

The three men tackled and choked a guard before escaping, he said. The jailer was later treated at a hospital and released.

"They are considered extremely dangerous. They really don't have anything to lose," the sheriff said, adding the two men jailed on capital murder charges could face a death sentence. All three were awaiting trial.

Law enforcement officers with dogs tracked the men a few hundred yards to a bank parking lot in Butler, where they lost the trail.

"We assume they got in a vehicle, either had one planted or someone picked them up," Abate said.

(Reporting by Kevin Murphy in Kansas City; Editing by Tom Heneghan)