Police still searching for missing KY inmate

John Alstatt
John Alstatt
Robert Fritz
Robert Fritz

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE)-Update: The manhunt for an escaped Kentucky inmate continues in the Tri-State.

Take a good look at the mug shot to the right of the story, that's 53-year-old John Alstatt.

Police say he and another inmate escaped from the Frankfort Development Center Monday night.

Alstatt is 6'3 with brown hair and blue eyes.

If you think you've seen Alstatt, you are asked to call 911 immediately.

Kentucky Officials say Alstatt has escaped once before, about 10 years ago.

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Nick Maldonado headed out to work like any other morning, but this Tuesday, his day started off far from ordinary.

"I saw four sheriff's (deputies) and a K-9," Maldonado said. "I didn't know what was going on."

Maldonado would later find out local authorities apprehended an escaped inmate, 28-year-old Robert Fritz, just a couple blocks from his north Evansville home.

"You would never expect an escaped convict to be running around here," Maldonado said.

Up the street, Carolyn Brenner stopped in at a northside daycare. She was shocked to find out they were on lock-down.

A deputy sheriff came in and told the owner what was going on and to keep the kids inside.

"You worry a little bit about them coming in here and upsetting the daycare," Brenner said.

Brenner later adds that the kids seemed more interested in lunch than what was going on outside.

Several school were put on alert Tuesday morning. The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation said, even with the search, they still tried to maintain a normal school day.

"We're just monitoring who's coming and going. We're also keeping the doors locked, but we are not on a lock down," Gerald Summers, EVSC Security, said.

Authorities are still looking for 53-year-old John Alstatt. He's about 6'3" tall, has brown hair and blue eyes. Please contact the police if you have seen him.

Posted by Amanda Lents - email

Update: FRANKFORT, KY (WFIE) - Two minimum-security inmates walked away from the Frankfort Career Development Center Monday night but at least one's taste of freedom was short lived.

Robert Fritz, 28, and John Alstatt, 53, were reported missing at approximately 10:20 p.m., Monday.

Fritz was apprehended at around 6:45 a.m., Tuesday by Evansville police after crashing a truck that police allege he and Alstatt stole in Frankfort.

Alstatt fled the scene of the crash on foot and police are continuing the search for the inmate.

According to authorities, Fritz and Alstatt stole a truck from a business in the Frankfort area Monday night.

Evansville police located a vehicle matching the description of the stolen truck.

The same vehicle was later involved in a wreck and both of the inmate uniforms were discovered inside.

Fritz was arrested at the time of the crash and lodged in the Vanderburgh County Jail in Evansville.

Both inmates will face charges in connection with the Frankfort theft in addition to escape when they are returned to Kentucky.

Fritz was serving a 10-year sentence for charges out of Jefferson County for identity theft, fraudulent use of credit cards, criminal possession of a forged instrument, receiving stolen property and persistent felony offender.

His parole eligibility date was May 2009.

Alstatt was serving a seven-year sentence out of Henderson County for theft and persistent felony offender.

He would have served out his sentence in less than two months.

Alstatt is described as a 6'3" white male with brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information about this inmate is asked to contact Kentucky State Police at the Post 12 in Frankfort at 502-227-2221.

Update: EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The following schools will be affected by escapee search: Harwood Middle School, Thompkins Middle School, Stringtown Elementary School and Central High School.

Students and staff are being allowed in but once everyone is there the schools will be secured from the outside as the search for John Alstatt continues.

Previously: EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Evansville police have captured one jail escapee from Kentucky and are still looking for one more.

This all happened around 9:30 pm Monday after two men escaped from the Frankfort Career Development Center and headed to Evansville.

Dispatchers say police have been searching for the escapees, 29-year-old Robert Fritz and 53-year-old John Alstatt, throughout the night.

Dispatchers say Fritz was caught on First Avenue near Ivy Tech. Officers are currently searching an area near Harwood Middle School.

EPD Spokesman Steven Green considers the suspect dangerous, and advises residents in the area around Stratford and Sheridan to be on the lookout for anything suspicious.