Robert Riley, 49 and Wayne Porter, 32 have been reported escaped from the minimum security correctional facility on the Gwydir Highway.
Robert Riley, 49 and Wayne Porter, 32 have been reported escaped from the minimum security correctional facility on the Gwydir Highway.

Two jail escapees arrested in Armidale

UPDATE: 

TWO prisoners who escaped from a minimum security correctional facility in the state's Northern Tablelands yesterday have been located.  

The two men aged 49 and 32, were reported missing from the facility on the Gwydir Highway, near Glen Innes, about 4.30pm Friday.  

About 10am yesterday officers attached to the New England Police District were involved in a short pursuit with a car on the New England Highway at Armidale.  

The pursuit was terminated and the car was abandoned in Beardy Street.

Police searched the area and located the two men in a nearby house.

They were arrested without incident and taken to Armidale Police Station.  

The 49-year-old man was charged with inmate escape lawful custody, take and drive conveyance, police pursuit - not stop, larceny, enter enclosed lands and drive unregistered and uninsured car.  

The 32-year-old man was charged with inmate escape lawful custody, being carried in a conveyance and enter enclosed lands.  

The men will appear in Armidale Local Court today.  

PREVIOUSLY: 

POLICE are appealing for public assistance to locate two prisoners who escaped from a minimum security correctional facility in the state's Northern Tablelands.

Robert Riley, aged 49, and Wayne Porter, aged 32, were reported missing from the facility on the Gwydir Highway, near Glen Innes, about 4.30pm on Friday.

Mr Riley is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, 165cm tall, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Mr Porter is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 177cm tall, with brown hair and brown eyes.

It's believed the men are travelling on foot.

Police are warning members of the public not to approach the men, but to instead call Triple Zero (000) immediately.


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