Police confirmed it’s likely the trio banded together and ‘walked off’ the property between 6.30pm and 8.30pm Monday night, launching a coordinated search by police and corrective services through the North Queensland city.
The three men were identified as Layne Rex Newman, Les Noel Noble, and Preston Donald Zane Quakawoot.
They were serving sentences for break and enter, armed robbery and assaulting police.
Quakawoot, 22, was located around 10.30am this morning and was arrested alongside a 22-year-old woman from a home in Stuart.
Police confirmed he is expected to be charged with escaping custody and possibly more charges.
The woman is assisting police with investigations.
Newman, who is 19, was located around 8.45pm last night, June 28.
Police confirmed they located him after tactical crime squad officers found a stolen Mazda CX 5 on Gosper Street, in Heatley.
Newman, who had been in the vehicle, allegedly ran from police.
He was arrested a short time later and charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and escaping custody.
Police confirmed they also arrested a 20-year-old woman who was charged with unlawful driving and driving without a license.
Newman will appear in Townsville Magistrates Court today.
Noble, also 22, has not been located by police.
Police initially confirmed they left no trace when they escaped from the prison facility and it’s unclear which direction they were headed.
overly ambitious criminals
“Any time someone escapes from a correctional center their desire is not to go back,” Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Hicks said.
“If they are approached by members of the public there could be some there.”