Crime & Courts

UPDATE: Inmate captured in Topeka after escaping Lansing facility

James L. Stewart II
James L. Stewart II

An inmate was captured after escaping a Kansas state correctional facility and driving away in a state of Kansas vehicle Friday morning.

James L. Stewart II, 34, was apprehended at around 10:54 a.m. Friday in Topeka, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections. He reportedly escaped from Lansing Correctional Facility at around 8:30 a.m.

“Stewart was seen departing the Lansing Correctional Facility in a white 2008 Chevy Impala,” according to a KDOC statement on Twitter earlier in the morning. The car had an official state license plate.

Topeka is about an hour’s drive west of the correctional facility, which is in the Kansas City area.

Stewart was convicted of aggravated robbery in three cases in Shawnee and Jefferson counties in 2003 and 2013.

News of the escape broke the morning after prisoners protested for hours at El Dorado Correctional Facility in central Kansas.

Daniel Salazar: 316-269-6791, @imdanielsalazar

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