UPDATE: Escapee Zachary Hart in custody

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FULTON COUNTY, Ill. (WMBD) — Inmate Zachary Hart was caught and is now in custody, according to the Fulton County ESDA Facebook page.

Hart escaped from the Fulton County Jail in the late hours of July 7, along with inmates Jesse Davis, Eugene Roets, and Cody Villalobos.

Davis, Roets, and Villalobos were apprehended July 8.

According to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, Hart was found on the railroad tracks east of the entrance to Wee Ma Tuk golf course and was headed east in the direction of Canton on County 5 highway.

One woman who lives nearby said she saw officers take Hart into custody on Sunday morning.

“When we got into Canton we saw three Canton cops on the back road into the prison, we then turned around and when we got back right here outside of Wee Ma Tuk, they had arrested the gentleman and he was on the front of the cop car,” said Miranda Brooks.

In a statement, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department said, “Hart was taken into custody at 11:37 a.m. without incident. Multiple agencies responded to the location upon receiving the tip.”

Fulton County Sheriff Jeff Standard said tips and information from the community helped officers find Hart.

“Unfortunate that it occurred,” said Sheriff Standard. “We got it taken care of in a couple of days time, but it puts the community on edge and we hate for that to happen, but we had great community support people calling in tips and possible sightings and we’ve been running that stuff down since this occurred.”

Sheriff Standard said all four inmates are now charged with escape. He said officers and staff will be on high alert over the next few days.

Canton, Lewistown, Farmington, and Illinois State Police were on the scene at the time of the apprehension, according to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.

Hart is the final escapee from the Fulton County Jail to be apprehended.

WMBD will update the story as the information becomes available.

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