A prison inmate who went to great lengths to carry out a whimsical escape plan ultimately failed when he was caught Friday night hiding in a portable toilet in Rockdale.
Cesar Sanchez, 37, escaped from a moving Illinois Department of Corrections van in Lockport several hours earlier, made his way to a grocery store despite limping and being handcuffed, then stowed himself away on the top of a semi truck’s cab and hitched a ride to Rockdale before going into hiding.
Sanchez was being taken from the Bridgeview courthouse to Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill when he kicked the door of a DOC van open and hopped out near 159th Street and Farrell Road in Lockport about 2:15 p.m., officials said.
About six hours later, police dogs from the Joliet Police Department and Cook County sheriff’s police tracked Sanchez to a portable toilet in the yard of the Waste Management Depot in the 1800 block of Moen Avenue in Rockdale.
The area where he escaped from the van is a few miles from my house and about half a mile from the high school.
I am soooo releived that he was captured.