The Journal Gazette
Thursday, July 11, 2019 11:10 am

Waterloo escapee found in northwest Indiana

The Journal Gazette

A Waterloo man who walked away from a Michigan City state prison was found early today in a home in northwest Indiana, state correction officials said.

Travis Hornett, 39, walked away from the low-level facility at the Indiana State Prison Wednesday afternoon. He was captured shortly after midnight, the Indiana Department of Correction said today.

Hornett, who was serving a five-year sentence for burglary, was tracked to a vacant home in Beverly Shores he had forcibly entered as part of his effort to evade capture, state correction officials said.

When confronted in the home by members of the Indiana Department of Correction Fugitive Apprehension Unit, along with members of the Indiana State Police and other local law enforcement officers, Hornett surrendered without further resistance. Neither Hornett nor any officers was injured, officials said. 

Hornett is expected to face felony charges of escape and residential entry, officials said. 

"We greatly appreciate the effort and assistance of the state police and local police agencies who worked side-by-side with our Fugitive Apprehension Unit to get offender Hornett back into custody," Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner Rob Carter said in a statement.

The prison realized Hornett was missing from his outside work detail Wednesday afternoon. Because he was a minimum-security offender, he was part of the outside maintenance work crew, state officials said.

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