"Went across the street cause I just couldn't get in this house. I couldn't be here," said Irene Banks, who lives nearby.
Helicopters, dogs and mounted officers all scanned the area around the prison Monday (10/29), looking for inmate Curtis Reese,Jr. Reese and another inmate escaped after working inside a fire truck's water tank. The other man was captured quickly, but Reese remains free. He's 15 years into a 40 year sentence for two murders, something that makes his escape even more unnerving for those who live near the site of his escape.
"That does scare me considering who he is," said Mildred Banks.
Banks drives a school bus. She leaves it parked in front of her house and worries it would be the perfect hiding spot.
"I hate to get up go out there and start up that bus in the morning, and I don't want to go out there and see someone else sitting there," Banks says.
While professional k-9s conduct their own searches around the area, Banks has her own plan just in case.
"And then I bring my dog out here too," she says.
But as night settles in and the moon rises in the small communities around the prison, nerves over an escaped convict remain frayed.
Curtis Reese, Jr. is 33 years old. He's 5'10" tall and weighs 176 pounds. He has brown hair and green eyes.
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