LANCASTER — The Lancaster County Detention Center inmate who ran away from a work crew two weeks ago and led a supervisor on a short chase through the woods was found Monday in an abandoned building with his girlfriend, deputies say.
Anthony Scott Vincent, 22, who had been serving a 30-day commitment at the jail on a breach of peace bench warrant, walked away from his work area between Old Charles Street and Airport Road at about 2 p.m. Dec. 3 while cleaning the highway, deputies said.
A supervisor chased Vincent as he ran into nearby woods, before calling for backup, said Maj. Matt Shaw of the Lancaster County Sheriffs Office.
Vincent had been arrested during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, authorities said. He was scheduled to appear in court for a traffic citation but has now been charged with failure to appear.
Deputies spent the last several days searching for Vincent, speaking with family members, friends and acquaintances to determine his location. They learned that he might be staying in an abandoned house and began searching several vacant buildings in the county, the sheriffs office said.
While checking abandoned houses on First Street, deputies smelled cigarette smoke. They found Vincent and his girlfriend, Candace Crawford, 26, hiding in a closet at one of the homes, the sheriffs office said.
Vincent was arrested and charged with escape. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison. Crawford was charged with harboring an escaped convict. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison.