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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


For Immediate Release
February 16, 2001
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(850) 488-0420

1993 Escaped Murderer Captured

The Florida Department of Corrections is pleased to announce the recapture of escaped killer Thomas Menut, DC# 0819i7. Menut was apprehended in Conway, Arkansas with information from an informant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Menut has been at large for 8 years.

At the time of his escape on Nov. 11, 1993, Menut was serving a life sentence for first degree murder at Polk Correctional Institution in Polk County. He scaled two 12 foot perimeter fences and ran into the woods. He evaded the combined law enforcement and k-9 units in the area.

Menut will be taken before a judge in Arkansas and given the opportunity to sign a waiver of extradition and return to Florida voluntarily. Should he refuse, the Florida Department of Corrections will request a Governor's warrant for his extradition.

"We are relieved that this dangerous individual is back in custody," said Department Secretary Michael W. Moore. "The state of Florida owes a debt of gratitude to all the law enforcement agencies involved in the apprehension of this felon."

Menut will be returned to the North Florida Reception center where he will be reprocessed and serve the remainder of his sentence. He will also be facing the additional charges of escape.