Local Escapees Captured in Sin City

Gregory Michael Walker/Source: Columbus Police Department
Gregory Michael Walker/Source: Columbus Police Department
Herman Derek Freeman/Source: Columbus Police Department
Herman Derek Freeman/Source: Columbus Police Department

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The road trip is over for 33-year-old Herman Freeman and 32-year-old Gregory Walker.

The Muscogee County Prison inmates escaped from their work detail at Lake Oliver Marina last week, using a 1991 Mazda Miata convertible they found in the parking lot as their getaway car and sparking an international manhunt.

"Local law enforcement agencies and southeastern law enforcement began to search vigorously for the vehicle and the two inmates throughout Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee. Warrants like that are announced nationwide once they're sworn and fugitive squads from every state get that information," said Muscogee County Prison Warden Bill Adamson.

That information made it to Sin City where Las Vegas Metro Detectives found the stolen convertible with Georgia plates in a hotel parking lot on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Police staked them out and arrested Freeman and Walker as they were coming back to their hotel room. Las Vegas detectives tased Freeman when he tried to get away.

"These two got further away than we expected them to but I've said all along that without question, they'd be recaptured and we'd get them back. I'm just grateful they're in custody," Adamson said.

Herman Freeman was serving 15 years for armed robbery, aggravated assault and obstruction of a police officer at the time of the escape.

Gregory Walker was serving six years for first degree forgery.

They are currently being held at the Clark County Detention Center in Nevada.

Freeman and Walker will be extradited back to Muscogee County where they will be charged with escape and auto theft.

The Georgia Department of Corrections is conducting the extradition process thru the Governor's Office.

According to Adamson, they will not be housed again in the Muscogee County Prison.

He says they'll go back into the state prison system.

This is the third escape the prison's dealt with so far this year. The warden says the recapture rate for those escapes is 100% and security has been tightened on work details.