Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

New York State
Department of Correctional Services
Glenn S. Goord, Commissioner

Office of Public Information
[518] 457-8182

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Thursday, April 16, 1998

Inmate who walked away from prison work crew recaptured

ATTICA - A Wyoming Correctional Facility inmate who walked away from an outside community service crew Wednesday afternoon was recaptured at 10:35 p.m. at a residence in Buffalo.

Inmate Edward McCloud was assigned to a community service crew supervised by a Correction Officer that was working at St. Vincent's School in Attica on Wednesday when he walked away. Five inmates and one Correction Officer were assigned to the crew. McCloud was last seen by the Correction Officer at 1:40 p.m. and was reported missing at 1:55 p.m.

McCloud was picked up by members of the Department of Correctional Services' Inspector General's Office and New York State Police inside the home of an acquaintance at 58 Wilkies Ave. McClould's nine hours of freedom could get him as much as seven more years in state prison if he is convicted of first-degree escape.

McCloud currently is being held in the Special Housing Unit at the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility, pending criminal as well as disciplinary charges. He is serving a term of 6½ years to life for five 1994 convictions out of Erie County - second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-degree attempted robbery, third-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

State and local police were notified as soon as the inmate was reported missing and road blocks were set up at strategic locations throughout the area. Armed Correction Officers also conducted vehicle patrols throughout the area.

McCloud was received into the State prison system on Sept. 30, 1994, and has been an inmate at Wyoming since Feb. 16, 1995. He would have been eligible for parole in January 2000.

The last escape at Wyoming occurred Sept. 30, 1994, when an inmate walked away from a farm detail. He was apprehended 19 hours later in Buffalo.

Wyoming, a medium-security prison in Wyoming County, opened in 1984. It houses 1,808 of the 69,511 inmates currently in the State prison system.