Drone, cellphones, $47,000 key in inmate escape


Investigators say an inmate who escaped for a second time from maximum security prisons in South Carolina used wire cutters that were likely dropped from a drone.

State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel said 46-year-old Jimmy Causey was arrested around 4 a.m. Friday as he slept in a motel room in Austin, Texas.

Keel says Causey had a pistol, a rifle and more than $47,000 in cash when he was caught after more than two days on the run in a well-planned escape.

South Carolina Corrections Director Bryan Stirling says Causey used a cellphone to arrange his escape, and a drone likely dropped the wire cutters Causey used to cut through four fences at the Lieber Correctional Institution on July 4.

Stirling says Causey was likely gone from prison for six hours before guards noticed a dummy was placed in his bed.Records show that 46-year-old Jimmy Causey was being held Friday morning in the Williamson County, Texas, jail, north of Austin on orders of the U.S. Marshal's Service on a fugitive warrant.

South Carolina prison officials said Causey was arrested in Texas around 3 a.m. Friday. He was noticed missing from the Lieber Correctional Institution northwest of Charleston on Wednesday afternoon. Causey had escaped from a Columbia prison in 2005 and was caught three days later.

South Carolina prison officials plan a 10 a.m. news conference Friday to release more information.

He was serving a life prison sentence for holding a Columbia attorney and his family at gunpoint.

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