Fugitive Caught After Three Day Manhunt

Photo courtesy Lewis Levine.
Photo courtesy Lewis Levine.

Twenty -two year old Dominic Reddick was caught late Friday night in Midway, off exit 76 near interstate 95. The search for the Florida prison escapee ended when officers got a tip Reddick was hiding out in some woods behind a BP gas station. An unidentified woman spotted Reddick, and immediately went for help. " The individual was sitting in a car at the convenience store parking lot and saw him come out of the woods. She got out of her car and walked over to the Sheriff Deputy sitting not 30 feet away. She told him what he saw and he got on the radio immediately," explained Deputy Jennifer Armstrong with the U.S. Marshals Office.

Officers and canine tracking units moved in, but Reddick spotted them and ran. The dogs pursued him and after 10 minutes, Reddick gave himself up without a fight. "He wasn't going to get away from us, we were going to get him," said Deputy Tommy Long also with the U.S. Marshals Office.

Reddick has been on the run since Tuesday. Law enforcement officers started their search near Highway 17 and 204, but after receiving tips, moved the manhunt southward. Meanwhile, Reddick remained on the run. Deputies with the U.S. Marshals Office say he hitch hiked with a truck driver down to Midway, and was hiding out in the woods behind a BP gas station near exit 76, off Interstate 95. But in the end, hunger and desperation got the best of him. " He was desperate. He knew they had thrown some stale Krispey Kreme doughnuts in to the dumpster. So he was hoping to sneak up, grab them out of the hole in the bottom, and make a break for the woods because he had not eaten in 53 hours," explained Deputy Armstrong.

Reddick was taken to the hospital where he was treated for pneumonia, dehydration, and for cuts and bruises from his three day run through the woods. "He was extremely glad to be in custody and was happy that it was all over," said Deputy Armstrong.

Dominic Reddick is in the Liberty County jail, and will be extradited back to Florida some time next week.

He faces escape charges along with attempted murder charges.

Reported by: Melanie A. Ruberti; mruberti@wtoc.com