MIAMI, FL (KSLA/WCTV) – Three Louisiana prison escapees are now charged in the disappearance of a Florida graduate student who has been missing for more than two weeks now.
U.S. Marshals say Quentin Truehill, Peter Hughes and Kentrell Johnson were serving time for armed robbery and manslaughter in Alexandria when they held a knife to a prison guard and escaped from the facility on March 30.
One of the men has reportedly admitted to being involved in Vincent Binder's disappearance, but would not say much more, leaving friends and family distraught and law enforcement determined to find him.
Binder was last seen about 12:30 a.m. April 2 walking between apartments of two friends, police said. The trio is suspected of committing two robberies in Tallahassee the night Binder disappeared.
Becca Edwards recalls her last contact with him as he left her house that morning. "Around 12:15, he got up and touched me on the back of the head and said, Becca, I will see you on the flip side. He walked out the door and that's the last that I saw him." Twenty-nine year-old Binder was reported missing a week later on the 8th.
Truehill, Hughes and Johnson were arrested Monday in Miami. Authorities say they found a bloody knife, receipts, and identification inside of a truck that the men had stolen from Marksville, Louisiana.
Police also say the men are connected to two robberies in Tallahassee around the time Binder went missing. Right now, Tallahassee police say the three Louisiana prison escapees are charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and that officers are pursuing robbery charges.
"The investigation is ongoing and our investigators have a lot of work ahead, but this is the breakthrough we so badly needed," Tallahassee Police Chief Dennis Jones said in the statement. "Our focus has been and continues to be on locating Vincent Binder."
No one has been charged in the disappearance and police have not said whether they believe Binder is alive. The trio will be sent back to Louisiana to face escape charges.