NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - Officials said a 45-year-old inmate tried to escape while on grass cutting detail Wednesday, but was quickly captured.
According to Kim Lee with the City of Newport News, Warren A. Thomas, an inmate at the Newport News City Prison Farm, was on grass cutting detail on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard near Harpersville Road.
Lee said he ran off around 9:15 a.m.
The Newport News Police Department was immediately contacted, and Thomas was captured at 9:29 a.m.
Four inmates and one correctional officer were assigned to the grass cutting detail at the time of the attempted escape, according to Lee.
Lee said Thomas has been at the Prison Farm since April 20, 2013 on petty larceny charges.
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