Inmate who escaped from Pinal County detention center caughtPosted: Updated:
FLORENCE - The following is a press release from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office:
On May 8th at approximately 3:25 AM Inmate Lee Garrison Peters (01/28/1991) walked away from a supervised inmate work assignment at the Pinal County Adult Detention Center in Florence, Ariz.
Detention staff worked quickly to notify Detention Center Command Staff and immediately began searching for Peters.Pinal County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit was deployed and area agencies, including the Florence Police Department, were notified to assist in the attempt to apprehend the inmate.Arizona Department of Corrections immediately responded with five search teams that included four K-9 units and two horses.
At approximately 6:30 AM, during the active search, Florence Police Officer R. Moses noticed two male subjects talking in the area of Third and Park Streets in Florence.He immediately approached the men and spoke briefly with them.The officer was able to identify one of the males as Shane Reid (10/13/1982) who the officer knew from prior contact. Suspecting the other to be Peters, the officer asked the subjects for their identification at which time Peters offered a fictitious name.Sgt. Pankey also with the Florence Police Department arrived on scene and confirmed the subject was indeed Peters and immediately took him into custody.Reid's involvement in the incident is currently under investigation.
Peters has been in custody since February of this year and is awaiting sentencing for charges of Attempted Theft of Means of Transportation.Additional charges will follow the investigation of this incident.
"An administrative review of this incident has already been initiated.At the conclusion of this review, we will make any necessary adjustments in policy or procedure in an effort to ensure this type or similar incident does not occur in the future", said Chief Deputy James Kimble."I am extremely proud of how the Pinal County Sheriff's Office Adult Detention Staff performed throughout the incident and appreciate the support we received from the Florence Police Department and the Arizona Department of Corrections.The coordinated efforts of all involved resulted in the quick and timely apprehension of inmate Peters."