LANCASTER - A Lancaster man arrested by Secret Service last week on 75 counts of counterfeiting has been captured after escaping from custody in Garrard County Tuesday morning.
Benji A. Stout, 24, of Zane's Trace, slipped out of a shackle while being transported to court by the Garrard County Jailer. State police could not say how. He had previously been identified as an escape risk when arrested Aug. 27, after Secret Service agents discovered 75 $100 bills with identical serial numbers at his residence.
At that time, he had slipped from handcuffs while officers searched his residence but was apprehended quickly thereafter.
According to Sheriff Ron Waldrip, Stout left his shoes and prison jumpsuit behind in the recent escape. The last time he was seen, said Waldrip, Stout was barefoot and in black shorts.
State police were contacted to help in the search, which included canine units, the State Police Special Response Team, air support, the Garrard County Sheriff's Office, Lancaster Police Department and U.S. Secret Service.