Florida prisoner who escaped caught ordering sweet tea in a restaurant

Taylor Fender, 23, escaped a workplace in Interlachen, Florida, on Monday and went to a nearby restaurant to buy sweet tea, the sheriff’s office said.

(Putnam County Sheriff’s Office)

A Florida correctional inmate who escaped a work area on Monday was recorded after he was allegedly spotted ordering sweet tea in the neighborhood.

Taylor Fender, 23, walked away from a work crew in Interlachen and bought clothes at a dollar store, according to Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. He was spotted by an “observant” passer-by that the police warned.

Fender, who is currently serving a term of imprisonment of 5 years on the Putnam Corrections Institute in East Palatka, allegedly then made his way to Poppi is a Restaurant, where he ordered a drink of sweet tea — just as the deputy arrived at the restaurant for lunch.

“As the deputy walked in the restaurant, a [be on the look out] with the suspect description was released by the coordinators. The defendant had ordered and paid for a sweet tea,” the sheriff’s office said.

Fender was arrested without incident and transported to the correctional facility. An escape charge against Fender was sent to the state attorney’s office.

The sheriff’s office joked that southerners may feel that Fender, who left the restaurant without receiving the order, “committed the bigger crime” by leaving his tea on the counter.

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