MICHIGAN CITY — Officials captured an escaped prisoner early Thursday after the 39-year-old man fled the grounds of an Indiana State Prison in Michigan City hours earlier during his work detail.
Police found Travis Hornett, of Waterloo, Indiana, about midnight hiding in a vacant Beverly Shores home that he "forcibly entered as part of his effort to evade capture." Hornett surrendered without resistance, officials said.
Hornett, a low-level offender who left the state prison at 11:10 a.m. Wednesday, is now expected to face charges of escape and residential entry. He was working with an outside maintenance work crew just before he fled the facility's low-security housing unit.
Hornett was sentenced in September 2018 on a felony burglary charge out of Dekalb County, according to state prison records.
“We greatly appreciate the effort and assistance of the state police and local police agencies who worked side-by-side with our Fugitive Apprehension Unit to get offender Hornett back into custody,” said Rob Carter, Indiana Department of Correction commissioner.
When Hornett was apprehended, he had a backpack in possession that police said he acquired by "unknown means" while fleeing, possibly grabbing it from one of the local beaches in the area.
Anyone who may be missing a backpack is asked to call Indiana State Police Detective Mike Bailey at 219-690-0039.