Defiant prison escapee back in the Garden State

Prison escapee Otis Blunt is back in the custody of Union County authorities after being captured by police in Mexico.

"I could have gotten away if I wanted to," a defiant Blunt told reporters as he was escorted into Union County police headquarters.

U.S. Marshals accompanied Blunt from Mexico City back to New Jersey Thursday. Despite the bravado shown by the suspect, U.S. Marshals say Blunt was caught off-guard when they found him.

"He was in his underwear," said John Cuff of the U.S. Marshal Service. "He defecated himself."

Blunt and another inmate, Jose Espinosa, escaped from the Union County Jail in December by tunneling through a cement wall and hiding the route with pictures of scantily clad women.

Authorities say Blunt will be transferred to a state prison, not the correctional facility he escaped from. Officials at Union County Jail have vowed security changes will be made to the facility as a result of Blunt and Espinosa's jailbreak.

For Rev. Al Sharpton?s press conference on Blunt?s capture, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

Related Information:Second Union Co. Jail escapee caught in MexicoAuthoritiesnab one of two wanted in daring jailbreakJailguard named by escapees commits suicideUnionCounty jail break sparks manhunt

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."