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Arkansas prison escapee captured in Van Buren County

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Back in custody: Derek Stills (Source: Southwest Arkansas Community Correction Center) Back in custody: Derek Stills (Source: Southwest Arkansas Community Correction Center)
TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) -

The inmate who escaped from a Texarkana area prison Saturday afternoon has been captured north of Little Rock in Van Buren County, Arkansas.

Authorities say 20-year-old Derek Stills apparently broke and ran on Saturday as prisoners were being taken across the street to an exercise yard at the Southwest Arkansas Community Correction Center in Texarkana, AR. 

Police say the escorting officer did not immediately give chase.

"If they had done that the officer would have called for backup you wouldn't want to leave all the other inmates escorting unattended," said Dina Tyler, deputy director of Arkansas Community Corrections.

The facility houses non-violent offenders. Stills was serving 2 years there on a conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia. He had been there for just weeks, since being transferred from Van Buren County.

"But to be honest when you are dealing with minimum security inmates in this type of setting it is going to happen from time to time," Tyler said. "It is not very often."

Stills was spotted on a bicycle near State Line Avenue in Texarkana on the day of his escape. That bicycle is believed to have been stolen and has since been recovered.

Authorities say Stills is believed to have also stolen a car in Fouke. It's not clear yet whether the stolen vehicle has been recovered.

Local police, the Miller County Sheriff's Office and Arkansas State Police assisted prison officials in the search. 

Authorities say Stills was taken into custody without incident sometime after Noon on Tuesday. Details on exactly where and how have not yet been released.

"There will be an internal look to make sure that our policy and procedure were followed and also to see if there is any way to improve to prevent it fromhappening in the future," Tyler said.

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