Captured: Escaped Wisconsin inmates caught in Illinois 04/17/2020 10:19 am PDT Comments WITI / Columbia Correctional Institution via WITI: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WITI) -- Officials say the two inmates who escaped from the Columbia Correctional Institution on Thursday are now custody. Thomas E. Deering and James R. Newman were captured in Rockford and taken into custody by the Rockford Police Department Friday morning. Newman and Deering reportedly escaped by scaling two perimeter fences. Officials said the two went to a local hotel, then took a cab to Poynette, Wis. Friday morning, a woman who runs the Miss Carly's homeless shelter in Rockford, Ill. posted on Facebook that the two men showed up there wearing prison-issue sweats and thermal shirts. She said she recognized them as the escaped fugitives and contacted authorities. She said Rockford Police arrived within minutes and “handled the situation.” This morning two men showed up at our door shivering, frozen, wearing prison issue sweats and thermal shirts. They had... Posted by Miss Carly's on Friday, April 17, 2020MORE: Inmates escaped from Columbia Correctional Institution captured in Rockford, IL - WITI #Capture #Captured #Chicago #Escape #Fugitive #Fugitives #HowTheyWereCaught #Illinois #Incarceration #Prison #WITI #Wisconsin Related Stories Inmate with COVID-19 dies while handcuffed to a bed Judge orders pregnant inmate to remain in jail to protect child Fugitive California inmate captured with infant son, boyfriend California inmate arrested days after release under COVID-19 policy South Carolina deputies capture woman who escaped police custody Waiting for your permission to load facebook comments.