Authorities have captured one of two inmates who escaped from a Philadelphia prison, according to local news reports. The two inmates, who were being held on separate murder charges, escaped on Wednesday morning from the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Northeast Philadelphia.
Officials say that 27-year-old Maurice Tulloch was captured on Thursday morning, while the other escapee, 25-year-old Khalif Sears, remains at large. The search for Sears is ongoing, and authorities have urged anyone with information on his whereabouts to come forward.
The inmates were able to escape by breaking a window and climbing onto a roof before jumping down to the ground. Officials say that they are still investigating how the inmates were able to break the window and whether any staff members were involved in the escape.
The escape has prompted criticism of the prison’s security procedures, with some calling for an overhaul of the system to prevent future incidents. Others have raised concerns about the safety of the surrounding community and have called for increased police presence in the area.
This is not the first time that inmates have escaped from the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. In 2019, two inmates escaped by scaling a fence and then climbing over razor wire. They were eventually caught after a multi-state manhunt.
The Philadelphia Department of Prisons has not yet commented on the recent escape or the ongoing search for Sears.