Killer escapes prison, captured minutes later in downtown Scranton

Dave Hughes turned to find a shirtless, tattooed man knocking on the window of his Pennsylvania American Water van at Penn Avenue and Larch Street on Wednesday afternoon.
Mr. Hughes didn't know that Michael Simonson was an admitted murderer, just reported as an escapee from the Lackawanna County Prison, where he was awaiting trial for his alleged attempted murder of a fellow inmate at the facility last year.

So he rolled down the window.

"He told me that he broke out of prison and that he needed my van," Mr. Hughes said. "When I told him 'no,' he punched me in my face.  More   PrisonerPal.com   True Crime Today  Magazine Subscriptions for Prisoners since 1975