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Rangers, Agents Help Foil Prison Escape

Petersburg National Battlefield

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Northeast Region special agents and Petersburg rangers were assigned to assist the FBI and the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General on a special operation within and adjacent to the park during the month of April. The case involved Petersburg Federal Correctional Institute (FCI) inmates, an NPS employee, and other civilians allegedly facilitating an “escape” by inmates during work release time (inmates work in the park under a contract between Petersburg and the FCI). On the morning of Thursday, April 14th, an operation began involving surveillance of suspected violations. The surveillance included personnel from the NPS, DOJ’s OIG, the FBI, and the Virginia State Police and was conducted both inside and outside of the park. On the morning of April 15th, air and ground surveillance units observed criminal violations and a takedown ensued. Due to the circumstances of the case, the takedown occurred at the entrance to the park and along the park tour road, which disrupted park operations for several hours. One seasonal NPS employee, one inmate, and the inmates’ spouse were apprehended and have been indicted in the Eastern District of Virginia for charges that include escape, facilitating an escape, misprision of a felony, and conspiracy. The Federal Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. Attorney’s Office also assisted in the case.


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