The fugitives were arrested after a member of the US Marshals task force drove into the Cadillac Vicky White was driving in Evansville, ending a week and a half on the run, officials said.
She is in “a fairly serious condition”, he told reporters.
No law enforcement officers fired any shots, according to Sheriff Rick Singleton of Lauderdale County, Alabama, where the couple fled on April 29.
A public tip led to the capture and arrest, he said. The tip came Sunday night, Singleton said.
The pair were located at a hotel and a vehicle chase ensued, he said.
Wedding said the duo were supposed to be in Evansville since May 3. “It’s hard to believe they’ve been here for so many days, but we’re lucky to have run into them today,” he said.
Singleton said the whites, who are unrelated but reportedly romantically involved, will be brought back to Alabama. Casey White, 38, faces previous murder charges. Vicky White, 56, was first charged with enabling or facilitating a first degree escape and now faces charges of forgery and identity theft.
“He’ll be in a cell all by himself,” Singleton said. “He will remain handcuffed and shackled as long as he is in this cell and if he wants to sue me for violating his civil rights, so be it. He will not be released from this prison again. I assure you of that.”
Singleton said: “I always waited for this result. I knew we would catch them. It was only a matter of time.”
Most escapes from a county jail are spontaneous, he said.
“This escape was obviously well planned and calculated,” Singleton said. “There was a lot of preparation. They had a lot of resources, had money, had vehicles, had everything they needed to be successful, and that’s what made the week and a half so difficult. We were starting from scratch, and not only that, we started — they were six hours ahead of us.”
Indiana car wash photos released
Earlier Monday, U.S. Marshals released photos of who they believe was Casey White, taken by a surveillance camera at an Evansville car wash.
It was the first time since escaping from a Lauderdale County detention center with Vicky White that he was reportedly seen.
The owner provided security camera footage, US Marshals said in a statement.
Marshals traveled to Indiana to follow up on the tip, the agency said.
A reward of up to $15,000 was offered for information leading to his capture and $10,000 for information leading to Vicky White’s capture.
New charges against Vicky White
In Alabama, new charges have been filed against Vicky White in connection with Casey White’s escape, the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department said.
The allegations stem from the fact that she used a pseudonym to purchase the vehicle used in the escape, a 2007 Ford Edge, officials said. The warrant shows that Vicky White was wanted for forgery and identity theft.
Vicky White, who was assistant director of Lauderdale County Corrections, took Casey White from the county jail on April 29, saying she was taking him for a mental health evaluation, which authorities later learned was ‘it had never been programmed. She then said she was going to get medical attention after dropping the inmate off because she was not feeling well.
Vicky White’s use of aliases may have complicated the search, Singleton said Monday.
“If she used her own identity, maybe that would allow us to find her fairly easily,” Singleton told CNN’s Bianna Golodryga. “We know she used a fake ID to buy a car here locally.”.
After the capture, Singleton said he hoped Vicky White survived.
“We wish Vicky no ill will, but she has some answers for us,” he said. “I have every confidence in (her). She has been an exemplary employee. I don’t know if we will ever know” what happened to change that.
Video footage shows escape was well planned, sheriff says
Surveillance video footage of Vicky White taken before the getaway showed the level of preparation for the escape, Singleton said.
Investigators found footage of White shopping for men’s clothing at a department store and at an “adult store,” Singleton said, adding that she “obviously had a change of clothes” for the inmate.
“It just tells us that it was very well planned and calculated,” Singleton said. “Obviously she planned this escape well until a T.”
Investigators previously released video footage showing Vicky White at a Quality Inn in Florence, where she spent the night before the escape more than a week ago.
The patrol car that the officer and inmate took from the jail was found abandoned in a mall parking lot. Vicky White’s prison keys, radio and handcuffs were found inside. Authorities believe the couple left the parking lot in a different vehicle: Vicky White’s 2007 Ford SUV that she parked in the parking lot the night before.
Authorities believe the vehicle may have had mechanical issues that caused the crash in the area.
Vicky White and Casey White have known each other for at least 2020, the sheriff told CNN earlier this week.
She is no longer employed by the sheriff’s office, the office said, adding that April 29 was her last day on the job, her retirement papers were never finalized.
CNN’s Jenn Selva, Joe Sutton and Jamiel Lynch contributed to this report.