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Texas Prison Escape: Couple Arrested, Charged With Helping 7 PrisonersAired February 2, 2001 - 8:01 a.m. ET
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CAROL LIN, CNN ANCHOR: We begin this morning with a developing story just this hour from Texas with six of the seven escapees in jail, and the seventh one dead.
Police have now arrested two people and charged them with aiding in the escape. A third is still being sought.
But right now in custody, a man and a woman from the San Antonio area are accused of supplying the getaway vehicle for the seven escapees.
Just a few moments ago, I spoke with Larry Todd. He is with the Department of Criminal Justice in Texas.
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LARRY TODD, TEXAS DEPT. OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Our agents, along with the San Antonio Police Department and the State Police, arrested two people that we believe, without a doubt, permitted and facilitated the escape of the seven inmates on December 13 of last year.
Both of these people have already been formally charged. And the bond is set at $700,000. We feel comfortable that we've got the right people. And we're looking for a third person, who may be arrested later today.
LIN: Well, who are they? And what did they do?
TODD: We're putting together all the details now. And I'll release the names a little bit later. They -- even though they've been formally charged, I've got to work up the releases. It just happened early this morning.
And what they did was simply they bought the Suburban vehicle in San Antonio, took it to a parking lot in Kenedy, Texas, the day before the escape, put the keys in it, made the pre-arrangements with the escapees, and allowed them to use that vehicle to make good their escape. That vehicle those inmates kept all of the time, it was finally recovered in Colorado.
LIN: So, your theory is that the prison escapees escaped in a prison truck, and then drove to the Wal*Mart to pick up the Suburban. They knew where to find it, and they knew they could get away. TODD: Yes. But it's no theory. It is fact. We have got solid proof of this.
LIN: All right. Do you know what the relationship is between the man and the woman and the inmates? How they knew each other?
TODD: Well, that's what we're -- we're preparing now. And we'll release that a little bit later. But there was a pretty close relationship.
LIN: How were you able to trace this couple?
TODD: We had an informant that was very helpful to us.
LIN: So, it wasn't the license plate from the Suburban that you were able to trace to them?
TODD: No. They had changed the license plates. They were not dealing with morons. They had sense enough to do that and change the appearance of it a little bit. But certainly, we tried that. And in Texas, the vehicle was purchased with cash, so there was no way to -- there was not a paper trail left with tax officials or the vehicle department.
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LIN: All right. We will keep an eye on that breaking story as it develops and as they search for the third person in that pre- arrangement with the Texas escapees.
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