PORTLAND, Maine – A convicted murderer who escaped for a third time out of prison has been captured, law enforcement authorities said Tuesday.
A sheriff’s deputy found 65-year-old Arnold Nash walking along a road, Tuesday morning in Dover-Foxcroft, Piscataquis County, in the state police spokesman Steve McCausland said. He was last seen on Thursday evening in the minimum-security unit at the Mountain View Correctional Facility in Charleston, a few miles along the road from where he was found.
Nash was a 45-year prison sentence for the killing of his ex-neighbor in 1991. He was due to be released last year and earlier escapes from the Maine Correctional Center in Windham in 1973 and the Maine State Prison in 1981.
Nash was taken to Piscataquis County Jail, McCausland said. The Maine Department of Corrections will attempt to determine where Nash has since Thursday night, ” he said.
“The corrections officials can know where he is, and or our search efforts were close. They were extended in the weekend,” McCausland said, adding that bloodhounds were used to try to find Nash. “With that information would be useful as we prepare for future searches and manhunts.”
Nash is charged with escape, which is a crime, said Piscataquis County Sheriff Robert Young. He has been transferred to the custody of the Department of Corrections, Young said.
It was unclear on Tuesday morning what Nash the next stop would be, and whether he was assisted by a lawyer, ” he said.
Corrections Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick floated the theory on Monday that Nash had spent a large part of his life in prison and that his escape is his way to make sure that he would go back to the prison.
But Young said on Tuesday that Nash “wasn’t trying to run, but he wasn’t trying to catch,” and that the arrest was a case of a deputy “at the right place at the right time.”
Fitzpatrick had called on the public to offer any tips they had about Nash’s whereabouts, and stressed that “we consider Mr. Nash dangerous.”
Nash was due to be released in December 2019, thanks to the credits for time served in jail and good behavior. He was convicted for the killing of the neighbor in the North Sullivan, a small community of approximately 145 miles northwest of Portland.