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Escaped Okeechobee prisoner caught in Indian River County

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Posted at 7:39 PM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 18:45:03-05

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Fla.  — A prisoner who escaped the Okeechobee Correctional Institution Work Camp on Thursday afternoon was caught Friday morning in Indian River County.

Officials said a witness led them to 43rd Avenue and 8th Street after they spotted a man, later identified as Timothy L. Howton-McLaughlin, 29, walking with no shoes.

An off-duty deputy saw Howton-McLaughlin and followed him in his personal vehicle until patrol units could get there. Deputies said he fled after spotting law enforcement, who gave chase. He was ultimately apprehended by a K-9.

Howton-McLaughlin escaped the Okeechobee Correctional Institution Work Camp while on an outside work assignment.

The Florida Department of Corrections said security staff at the institution, located at 3420 N.E. 168th St., discovered Howton-McLaughlin's escaped while working on his outside work squad assignment and a FDC truck.

Early Friday morning, the Indian River County Sheriff's Office said the stolen FDC truck was recovered at the clubhouse in Countryside of Vero Beach on 20th Street.

Just before 9:30 a.m. Friday, the sheriff's office said Howton-McLaughlin was arrested.

He is currently serving an eight-year sentence for trafficking in stolen property and burglary.