Police: York County Prison escapee captured


A minimum-security inmate who apparently climbed a fence and escaped York County Prison's work-release facility has been captured.

Northern York County Regional Police said they found Jesse Allen Spangler, 22, of Conewago Township, hiding under a mobile home in the 300 block of Westwood Drive in Conewago Township just before 10 p.m. Sunday.

It was his girlfriend's home, according to Lt. David Lash.

"We got a tip that he was there. ... We were getting tips about him all weekend," the lieutenant said. "Conewago Township was his stomping grounds."

Spangler was arrested without incident, Lash said.

"We're investigating whether or not Spangler received any assistance while he was an escapee," Lash said, whether that be from his girlfriend or family members. "We're investigating the possible involvement of others in extending his escape."

Spangler was in the recreational yard of the prison's work-release facility, which is across Concord Road from the prison, about 11:30 p.m. Friday when he went missing, York County spokesman Carl Lindquist has said.

It's believed Spangler made his escape by scaling a chain-link fence, according to a news release issued by Lindquist.

He was locked up for violating state parole, according to prison officials.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.