The Latest: Police chief says inmate was fatigued

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Posted: May 09, 2016 12:50 PM

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the search for an escaped New Jersey inmate (all times local):

12:40 a.m.

A New Jersey police chief says an escaped inmate did not resist and appeared fatigued when he was captured.

Lacey Township police Chief David Paprota (PAP'-rota) said Monday that a motorist reported seeing someone in the woods near a highway rest stop Monday.

He says a 20-year police veteran tracked 38-year-old Arthur Buckel down nearby and held him at gunpoint as a state corrections officer took him into custody.

Paprota says Det. Keith Pearce told him Buckel appeared fatigued and didn't resist.

Buckel was discovered missing last Tuesday when guards did a count in the Ancora unit of Bayside State Prison in Hammonton. He was just three weeks from becoming eligible for parole for aggravated assault.

Buckel previously served 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated manslaughter of a 10-month-old child.

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11:40 a.m.

Authorities say an inmate who escaped last week from a minimum security prison in New Jersey is back in custody.

Lacey Township police said on Twitter that 38-year-old Arthur Buckel was located Monday in a wooded area near the Garden State Parkway.

State police say Buckel was seen late Sunday near a rest area, where Lacey police say state troopers and Buckel's family had made arrangements for him to turn himself. But, he was gone when state police arrived.

Buckel was discovered missing last Tuesday when guards did a count in the Ancora unit of Bayside State Prison in Hammonton. He was just three weeks from becoming eligible for parole for aggravated assault.

Buckel previously served 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated manslaughter of a 10-month-old child.

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11:05 a.m.

Police are using air and foot patrols in their search for an inmate who escaped about a week ago from a minimum security prison in New Jersey and decided not to surrender, even after apparently having had a deal with authorities.

Police are searching for 38-year-old Arthur Buckel in a wooded area near the Garden State Parkway in Lacey and Berkeley townships.

State police say Buckel was seen late Sunday near a rest area, where Lacey police say state troopers and Buckel's family had made arrangements for him to turn himself. But he was gone when state police arrived. It's believed he initially headed north on foot. His whereabouts are unknown.

Buckel was discovered missing last Tuesday when guards did a count in the Ancora unit of Bayside State Prison in Hammonton. He was just three weeks from becoming eligible for parole for aggravated assault.

Buckel previously served 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated manslaughter of a 10-month-old child.

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6:35 a.m.

Police say an inmate who escaped nearly a week ago from a minimum security prison in New Jersey walked off after apparently making arrangements to surrender.

State police say 38-year-old Arthur Buckel was seen late Sunday near a rest area along the Garden State Parkway in Lacey Township.

Lacey police say state troopers and Buckel's family were making arrangements for him to turn himself in at the rest area. But he was gone when state police arrived. It's believed he initially headed north on foot. His whereabouts are unknown.

Police released surveillance images of him late Sunday night.

Police have been searching throughout the area and extra officers are stationed at nearby schools Monday.

Buckel was discovered missing last Tuesday when guards did a count in the Ancora unit of Bayside State Prison in Hammonton.

Lacey Township is about 50 miles northeast of Hammonton.

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2:25 a.m.

Police in New Jersey say an escaped inmate who once served time for manslaughter for killing a baby has been spotted near a highway rest area.

State police say 38-year-old Arthur Buckel was seen late Sunday near a rest area along the Garden State Parkway in Lacey Township.

State police have set up a command post and local police departments are beefing up patrols.

Buckel was found missing last Tuesday when guards did a count at Bayside State Prison in Hammonton.

Lacey Township is about 50 miles northeast of Hammonton.

Buckel has been serving a sentence for aggravated assault, drug possession and burglary. He was scheduled to be considered for parole later this month.

Buckel previously served 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated manslaughter of a 10-month-old child.