Fugitive returning _ eventually _ to W. Pa. jail

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — A warden says a man who was arrested in New Jersey after escaping from western Pennsylvania county jail in 2005 will be returned to the lockup — eventually.

The (Somerset) Daily American (http://bit.ly/19fA4nz ) reports 52-year-old Wayne Edward Schmidt was arrested Friday by federal marshals in Hopatcong, N.J. He’s jailed there awaiting extradition to Somerset County, about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

Schmidt escaped from the jail there in January 2005 when he was being escorted from a work release center back to the jail. He hopped into a car and sped away, and remained a fugitive.

Somerset Warden Gregory Briggs says Schmidt will be closely monitored in administrative custody when he returns.

Wayne Schmidt Jr. says his father escaped because he was being physically abused. Authorities prosecuted several inmates with abusing others about the time Schmidt escaped.

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Information from: Daily American, http://www.dailyamerican.com

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