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Escaped inmate caught after asking, "What's the fastest way out of Kansas?"

July 12, 2010|By Eyewitness News

(CHASE, Kan.) — The Hutchinson Corrrectional Facility says Robert James Nickelson was arrested at 11:30 p.m. Sunday in Colby, Kansas.

He was returned to Hutchinson at 6:15 Monday morning and placed in administrative segregation. Investigators with the Kansas Department of Corrections will investigate his escape.

Officials at the prison say Nickelson left a trail that gave law enforcement clues about his destination.  A shortbed pickup truck disappeared near the area where Nickelson escaped, and a resident in Hoisington reported the prisoner asked them about the quickest route out of Kansas.  The resident told Nickelson K-4 to Colorado would be best, and prison officials soon put out information that Nickelson may be traveling along K-4 or K-281.

Nickelson was on work release from the Cal-Main plant in Chase when he disappeared Sunday evening.

Nickelson was serving sentences for rape, conspiracy to commit rape and forgery.

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