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Police Capture Escaped Inmate Along Garden State Parkway After Rest Stop Sighting

Arthur Buckel, who was once convicted of killing a 10-month-old baby and is serving time for aggravated assault, broke out of a prison in Hammonton last week.

Hours after escaped prisoner Arthur Buckel was captured on surveillance video at an Ocean County, New Jersey rest stop, police say the convicted killer is in custody.

Buckel, 38, was captured along the Garden State Parkway near mile marker 76.6, officials confirmed. He was caught on the northbound side of the road.

Buckel was captured on surveillance video about 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the Forked River service station in Lacey Township, Ocean County, police said. Authorities discovered the video after receiving calls from people who spotted the man, whose disappearance launched a massive manhunt last week.

Lacey Township Police
New surveillance images show escaped prisoner Arthur Buckel at the Forked River rest stop in Lacey Township, Ocean County, Sunday night. Buckel broke out of prison last week.

NBC10 learned early Monday that Buckel had been arranging a surrender through family and police, but that he took off instead.

Buckel, who is currently serving time for aggravated assault, drug possession and burglary, was discovered missing from the Bayside State Prison unit at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in Winslow Township on Tuesday. He was previously convicted of manslaughter and served 14 years for killing a 10-month-old baby.

Police fanned out on Monday throughout a wooded area near the rest stop where Buckel was spotted. He was taken into custody just after 11 a.m.

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Surveillance video taken from the rest stop Sunday night shows Buckel using an employee's cellphone, handing it back and then leaving.

Police scoured a wooded area in Ocean County early Monday after escaped convict Arthur Buckel, who broke out of a prison in Hammonton last week, was spotted at a rest stop. NBC10’s Matt DeLucia has the details.

Buckel was scheduled to be considered for parole in the next few weeks.

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