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Correctional Officer picks up escapee

Issued: Wednesday, 28 October 2015

A Correctional Officer driving to work has recaptured one of two inmates who escaped from the minimum security Glen Innes Correctional Centre last night.

Doug Reynolds, who has 27 years of experience with Corrective Services NSW, was driving to work this morning at 6.10am on the remote Gwydir Highway, 13km from the Glen Innes Township.

“I stopped when I came across a man soaking wet from rain, walking on the roadway towards town. I thought his car might have broken down. When I got closer I noticed he was wearing prison greens,” he said. 

Mr Reynolds recognised the inmate and told him to get in the car.  The inmate complied.

“I drove back into Glen Innes and handed the 33-year-old man over to the Sergeant at the police station before continuing to work,” he said.

CSNSW Acting Commissioner Luke Grant praised the officer’s bravery. “Doug Reynolds is a Good Samaritan and a good officer.  I thank him for recapturing this offender and returning him to custody.”

The second escapee, 32-year-old Marcus Buchannan, was serving a one year sentence for assault. 

He is described as Aboriginal in appearance, medium build, 165cm tall, with brown hair and brown eyes.  He is missing part of his little finger on his right hand and has various tattoos including a cross on his left hand.

Anyone with information about Marcus Buchannan’s whereabouts, or who sees him, is urged to contact Triple Zero immediately.

The 33-year-old, who would have been eligible for parole in six months, is expected to be charged by Police and faces up to two years extra prison time.