PALESTINE, Ill. (WTHI) - Amanda Cooper takes her two kids for a stroll through the streets of Palestine, Illinois. It's something that just 24 hours ago, she would have been afraid to do.
"It's kinda scary knowing that my kids were right there and he was walking right by the house," said Cooper.
Almost everyone in this small community knew Jared Carter was on the loose.
Cooper's brother says he saw Carter walking around town. He says he even talked with the escaped prisoner. As soon as Carter left, a neighbor called the Crawford County Sheriff's Department.
They got in touch with Palestine Police Chief Jeff Besing.
"They said that the person matching the description was walking eastbound on Lamotte street so I cut down main street and intercepted him, or met him at the corner of Lamotte and Main Street there in Palestine," said Besing.
To Besing's surprise, Carter didn't put up a fight.
"As I pulled up to the intersection, I seen him walking," said Besing, "I got out and asked for his identification and he basically told me that he was the person that we were looking for. The only thing that he conveyed to me was that he was very thirsty and dehydrated, having leg cramps, and he was just ready to turn himself in."
Chief Besing says he doesn't know why Carter escaped, or why he didn't leave the area after escaping ..
It's something he wonders himself
The chief is just glad he and his neighbors can rest easy once again.
"It's a huge relief," said Cooper, and knowing that I can go to bed not worrying about my kids in the next room."
Carter has been returned to the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections.
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