Inmate captured after escape

Published 3:00 am Saturday, August 22, 2015

An inmate who escaped while on work release in Pike County was recaptured this week in Gulf Shores.

Kevin Campbell, 38, was on work release from Elba Community Work Center when he walked off the job at HB&G in Troy at approximately 2:15 p.m. on Aug. 3.

He was recaptured at approximately 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in Gulf Shores after spending more than two weeks on the run.  Officers from the Gulf Shores Police Department made the arrest after receiving a tip about a suspicious male attempting to take merchandise from a local business without paying.

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When officers approached Campbell, he fled the business on foot.  Following a brief chase, officers apprehended Campbell and took him into custody.

After walking off a work site in Troy, there had been numerous sightings of Campbell during his escape.  The first sighting was near Highland Home on Aug. 5.  U.S. Marshals responded to another sighting of Campbell in the Tafford community on Aug. 8.

As a habitual offender, Campbell was serving a life sentence on a second-degree burglary conviction in Baldwin County.  When he returns to the Department of Corrections, he will face an escape charge to include multiple charges of theft, assault and obstruction of justice, according to an ADOC statement.