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Escaped Inmate Apprehended at Blackbeard's Cave In Bayville

Terrence Feeney and another man escaped from a work detail in Burlington County this afternoon; second inmate arrested in Manchester Township

Berkeley police arrested an escaped inmate from the Mid-State Correctional Facility early this evening at Blackbeard's Cave on Route 9 South in Bayville.

Terrence Feeney, 42, was apprehended around 6:45 p.m., just 10 minutes after Berkeley police received information from the Ocean County radio room that he was in the area, Police Chief Karin T. DiMichele said.

Feeney and Joseph Brandt, another inmate, were on a work detail at a military cemetery in Burlington County when they escaped around 1 p.m., said Matt Schuman, a state Department of Corrections spokesman.

Both Feeney and Brandt were classified as full minimum custody inmates. Inmates who fall under that classification are the only ones allowed to leave the facility for work details, he said.

Brandt was seen walking along Route 539 and was taken into custody by Manchester police at 7:09 p.m., Schuman said.

They are both being transported to New Jersey State Prison, he said.

"I guarantee you they are not escaping from there," Schuman said.

Feeney had been incarcerated since May 12, 1989. His DOC record lists a number of drug possession and distribution charges, robbery, making terroristic threats and violation of parole from a number of counties, including Middlesex, Atlantic and Cumberland.

"As a result of this, he could get another three to five years," Schuman said.

The Berkeley officers who made the Bayville arrest were Patrolmen Henry Ganski and Scott Degisi and Lt. Robert Andrews, DiMichele said.

Manchester Chief of Police Brian Klimakowksi said that Patrolman Arthur Cronk was on a patrol in Whiting when he saw Brandt emerge from a wooded area on the westbound side of Route 539. Brandt was disheveled, wearing boxer shorts and had no shoes, the chief said.

"[Cronk] knew right away that something wasn't right," Klimakowski said.

A retired Manalapan police officer also spotted the man at around the same time and ran into a Manchester auxiliary police officer at the Whiting WaWa and relayed the information to him. The two returned to the scene and assisted Cronk with the arrest as other units rushed to the scene.

Brandt appeared to be intoxicated and kicked at the patrol car's rear side window after being placed under arrest, Klimakowski said, though protective bars prevented any damage to the vehicle.

Diamond May 27, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I feel you on that one. Perhaps the Officers on duty may have had one as well. Never under estimate workers in any correctional facility.
g May 27, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Fo sho
Diamond May 27, 2012 at 11:38 PM
This is What year? There has been tremendous changes since the 1960's. These are the signs of the time. The world is ever changing. When they took prayer out the school systems, it seems like the world has really begun to take a turn for the worse.
Diamond May 27, 2012 at 11:45 PM
The same reason why why we have sexual preditors, child molestators, murders, robbers, kid nappers, behind bars and even teaching and working in society and different places of employment. Apparently from the time these threats were given up until now, apparently some form of time has passed. You think? Or that individual has earned that position. Nothing is given to us in life for free. Nobody is perfect. One thing for certain, two things for sure, We all have to give an account for our actions. Some get caught while others out in society are just as guilty and worse their time hasn't caught up with them.
Diamond May 27, 2012 at 11:53 PM
You know I can understand what you are saying. However, the truth in the matter is that there is no form of trust in today's society. From the White house on down. We have had previous presidents with their issues while attempting to run the world. So guns, or no guns. We have issues with people in the correctional facility that are suppose to be setting examples for convicts. When it's all said and done, you would be surprised as to what really goes on behind closed doors with these suppose to be Officers, CO's, or what have. Sometimes it's best to title them as uncaught convicts as well. It's happening all throught the world with these prison facilities. Sad to say, because we can't depend on officers our rights are being violated period. Some say they are to protect and serve. Some protect and serve alright. You can only imagine what they are protecting and serving in and out of these facilities.

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