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West City police say 2/3 missing inmates captured

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FRANKLIN CO. -- West City police said law officers have caught two of three escaped men Monday.

The president of the prisoner transport company said his drivers were initially "pretty positive" the men escaped at the west city McDonald's while stopping for food on their way to Marion, Kentucky.

One of the inmates who escaped was caught Friday in Marion, Kentucky just three hours after the bus stopped in West City.

It's now unknown where at least two of three inmates, considered armed and dangerous, escaped Friday.

"I just thought, 'No way, how did they get out and where did they come from?'" nearby business owner Kam Harmon said.

Harmon was working at her business when she heard the news.

"I immediately just felt scared, so I just got in the car and left," she said.

West City Police Chief Scott Choisser said his officers didn't hear anything about the inmate's escape until the van was in Kentucky.

"When we got the call, they already had like a three and a half hour start on us," he said. "You know they can go a long way in three hours."

Adding even more confusion, Choisser said the prisoner transport company told him they were confident all three men got off the bus at West City.

"They call me back later and tell me, 'Well, we think we have one of them spotted here in Marion, Kentucky,'" he said.

Turns out, Charles Kelly was caught on camera running from the bus in Marion, Kentucky and then arrested, meaning he was still on the bus three hours before in West City which doesn't add up with what Prisoner Transport of America employees told Choisser.

Choisser said his department spent a lot of time searching the area, and despite the confusion of where the inmates escaped, he wants people to remain cautious and on the lookout for Alonzo Young.

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