Inmate who walked away from Pendleton Correctional Facility taken into custody

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Charles Adams

UPDATE 7:30 p.m. – A northeastern Indiana sheriff’s office says an inmate who escaped from a minimum-security dormitory at a central Indiana prison has been apprehended.

Steuben County sheriff’s deputies say someone saw 28-year-old Charles Adams at a gas station near Interstate 69 and U.S. 20 west of Angola about 5:20 p.m. Monday and called police. Sheriff’s deputies said Adams tried to flee but was quickly apprehend by deputies and Angola police.

Sheriff’s deputies say they suspected Adams might have swallowed some drugs so he was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital as a precaution.

Adams was reported missing Sunday night from the prison about 20 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

State records show Adams was serving a nearly 2-year sentence for theft and receiving stolen property from an October conviction in Steuben County.

Original story:

PENDLETON, Ind. (December 7, 2015) – Madison County authorities are searching for a Pendleton Reformatory inmate who walked away from the facility Sunday night.

According to the Madison County Department of Corrections, 28-year-old Charles Adams was not accounted for during a routine check of offenders. Adams was housed in the facility’s outside, minimum security dormitory.

Adams is described as a white male, 5 feet, 11 inches tall, about 150 pounds with brown hair, blue eyes and several distinguishing tattoos on his face and neck.

Adams was sentenced out of Steuben County to 730 days for theft.

A spokesperson with the DOC says state and local law enforcement are assisting facility staff in the search. Local residents are urged to contact police if they see any suspicious activity.

Officials say the Pendleton Correctional Facility, including the Outside Dormitory, is currently on lockdown.