Police capture convicted killer who escaped from NJ prison

After walking away from a rest area where he had promised to surrender to authorities on Sunday night, an escaped New Jersey convict was taken into custody on Monday along the Garden State Parkway.

Buckel was discovered missing last Tuesday when guards did a count in the Ancora unit of Bayside State Prison in Hammonton. He was released in 2010, but jailed again after charges of burglary, possession and aggravated assault charges that date back to 2014.

Officers and K-9 units checked the wooded area between the Garden State Parkway and Double Trouble State Park.

The state police said Buckel had indicated a desire to turn himself in and was making arrangements through his family to do so at the rest area. He was just three weeks from becoming eligible for parole for aggravated assault, according to the Associated Press. A command post was set up at the Bayville Fire Department's substation.

Buckel was near the Garden State Parkway after a police officer and state corrections officer tracked him down following a report from the motorist at a highway rest stop, Lacey Township Police Chief David Paprota said.

State Police said the Department of Corrections made the collar Monday.

"Upon being notified of the search that was underway, both Lacey PD and Berkeley PD assigned personnel to assist in search efforts and assigned additional officers to patrol areas along the [Garden State Parkway]", police said in a statement released Monday morning. On May 4, the search shifted about 40 miles northeast in Barnegat Township after police captured him on surveillance camera entering a CVS on West Bay Avenue.

The sighting prompted police from several jurisdictions and the New Jersey State Police to fan out across the area, searching wooded areas near the service stop both from the ground and from the air.

Buckel had been incarcerated at the Bayside State Prison's Ancora facility, Hassan said last week.

He was 18 when he was sentenced to 25 years in prison in July 1996 for slapping 10-month-old Caitlin Colon because she was crying, according to the Jersey Journal.

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