Last of 5 escapees from Pike County jail captured

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | 7:35 a.m. CDT; updated 12:00 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 19, 2012

BOWLING GREEN — The last of five men who escaped from the Pike County Jail last weekend is back in custody.

Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte said 40-year-old William John Thomas Wilkerson of Florissant was captured overnight in St. Louis County. Korte said Wilkerson was caught after someone called police to report a suspicious person at an apartment complex. He was arrested without incident.

Wilkerson and four other men escaped from the jail in Bowling Green on Saturday after removing a shower head and getting into a service area. Jail officials didn't discover the escape until a relative of one of the inmates called Saturday evening.

Three other inmates were captured in Oklahoma early Monday and the fourth was captured later Monday in a rural area near Bowling Green.

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