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UPDATE: All three escaped CIP inmates now in custody

The three escaped inmates are (from left) Jesse Jamal Fairley, Andre Lee Vance and Kyle John Peterson. 1 / 2
The letters CIP, for Challenger Incarceration Program, are outlined in stone outside the St. Croix Correctional Center in New Richmond.2 / 2

UPDATE (May 9, 2015)

All three inmates who escaped from the St. Croix Correctional Center on Wednesday, May 6, are now in custody.

Jesse J. Fairley was taken into custody at a Minneapolis residence at about 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, by personnel from the Minnesota Department of Corrections and the Minneapolis Police Department, according to a news release issued by the New Richmond Police Department. He is currently being detained at the Hennepin County Jail awaiting extradition back to Wisconsin.

Kyle J. Peterson was located by officers with the Whitewater Police Department at a Whitewater home on Friday, May 8, according to New Richmond Police Department press releases. Peterson "was taken to the Walworth County Sheriff's Department, where he is presently confined," a release stated.

Andre L. Vance was located in Madison by the Dane County Sheriff's Department just before 3 p.m. on Friday, May 8, according to a release. He is being held in the Dane County Jail.

According to the NRPD press release, "reports will be forwarded to the St. Croix County District Attorney's Office on Monday, May 11." All three are expected to face new charges for escaping from a correctional facility.

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UPDATE (May 8, 2015):

Two of three inmates who escaped from the St. Croix Correctional Center on Wednesday, May 6, are now in custody. 

Kyle J. Peterson was located by officers with the Whitewater Police Department at a Whitewater home on Friday, May 8, according to New Richmond Police Department press releases. Peterson "was taken to the Walworth County Sheriff's Department, where he is presently confined," a release stated.

Andre L. Vance was located in Madison by the Dane County Sheriff's Department just before 3 p.m. on Friday, May 8, according to a release. He is being held in the Dane County Jail.

The third escapee --  Jesse J. Fairley -- is still at large, but the news release stated that they are not believed to be in the City of New Richmond. 

"Residents of the city are encouraged to go about their daily routines as normal, but are encouraged to keep their residence locked when no one is at home and at night as a general safety precaution," the release stated.

According to the release, authorities received information on Thursday that the vehicle stolen from just north of New Richmond on Wednesday night had been recovered in Poynette at about 7:15 p.m. The Columbia County Sheriff's Department recovered the vehicle and no one was taken into custody at that time. Acting on information they received, Whitewater Police Department officers found Peterson at the residence at about 7 a.m. on Friday. Further information led to Dane County authorities locating Vance in Madison that afternoon.

The New Richmond Police Department is asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Fairley to call St. Croix County dispatch at 715-386-4704 or contact detectives Craig Yehlik or Veronica Koehler at 715-246-6667.

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ORIGINAL ARTICLE (May 7, 2015):

New Richmond Schools were closed Thursday following the escape of three inmates from the St. Croix County Correctional Center in New Richmond at about 10:15 Wednesday night. The inmates are still at large, but New Richmond Police Chief Mark Samelstad said Thursday morning that he doesn't believe there is a threat to the community. 

"There's no reason for people to be afraid," Samelstad said. "They can go about their lives as they normally do. Just be aware and if they see anything they think is suspicious, contact St. Croix County dispatch."

Samelstad identified the escapees as:

  • Jesse Jamal Fairley, 25, a 5-8, 142-lb. black male with black hair and brown eyes, from St. Croix County with ties to St. Paul, Minn. He was serving a sentence for burglary.
  • Andre Lee Vance, 20, a 6-4, 189-lb. light-skinned black male with brown hair and brown eyes formerly from Madison. He was serving a sentence for operating a motor vehicle without owner's consent and burglary.
  • Kyle John Peterson, 19, a 5-10, 165-lb. white male with blonde hair and blue eyes formerly from Winnebago County. He was serving a sentence for forgery and possession of drugs.

According to online Wisconsin court records, Fairley, of New Richmond and formerly of Baldwin, was convicted in in April 2013 on multiple burglary convictions. He was sentenced to serve four years in prison and five years on extended supervision. Vance, of Madison, was convicted in January 2014 on one count of taking and driving a vehicle without consent. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison and 18 months on extended supervision. Sentencing orders for both men stated they were eligible for the Challenge Incarceration Program. Online records were not available for Peterson.

The inmates were last seen wearing long underwear tops and bottoms covered with gray shorts and running shoes, according to a press release issued by the New Richmond Police Department. 

The release also stated that the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a stolen vehicle from the 1300 block of 210th Avenue, about three miles north of New Richmond.

"This may be related to the escapees but is yet to be confirmed," the release stated. "The vehicle is a 2015 Hyundai Sonata four-door silver in color with Wisconsin registration 597 LMS."

Samelstad did not have information on events that led to the escape or where the men may be trying to go, but he stressed that he didn't believe the community was in any danger. 

Through the night, area public safety agencies used a variety of resources during the manhunt, including the K-9 units and aircraft, according to Samelstad.

"In the 14 years that I've been here, this is probably the second time we've had an escape from the correctional center," Samelstad said. 

The St. Croix Correctional Center began in 1978 as a 20-bed facility housed in a modular structure. In 1991, the facility established the Challenge Incarceration Program (CIP) with 18 beds. The current maximum population of the facility is 132. 

The 180-day CIP is a boot-camp-like program designed to teach discipline and instill useful skills in inmates to help make them productive members of society. According to the program’s mission statement, the CIP provides “inmates the opportunity to gain the personal resources needed to return to the community, to successfully complete extended supervision and to remain crime and drug free.”

The New Richmond Police Department is asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of the escapees to call St. Croix County dispatch at 715-386-4704 or contact detectives Craig Yehlik or Veronica Koehler at 715-246-6667.

DISPATCH AUDIO

A manhunt for the escapees began at about 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday, and Police Clips recorded audio emergency communications. The audio is available at http://www.mnpoliceclips.com/audio-st-croix-county--new-richmond-wi-escapees-56.html.

SCHOOLS IMPACTED

At 7:30 a.m., New Richmond school administrator Jeff Moberg sent out a district-wide phone message that school is cancelled for Thursday, May 7, because of the escape. He instructed district residents to check their email and the school district website for more updates on the situation.

According to a Facebook message from Superintendent Randy Rosburg, Somerset School District opted not to cancel classes, but schools were on lockdown on Thursday until about 11:20 a.m.

St. Croix Central School District did not cancel classes, but stated it would keep students indoors throughout the day as a precaution.

RESIDENTS ALERTED

A phone call was sent to New Richmond homes at 3 a.m. from St. Croix County dispatch, announcing the escape. According to the dispatch phone call, New Richmond was under lock down. All residents were encouraged ensure all doors, windows and cars were locked. 

The phone message said that if the inmates are seen, do not apprehend and do not confront. If they are seen, immediately call 911. 

--Dave Newman and Mike Longaecker contributed to this report.

Micheal Foley
Micheal Foley worked at RiverTown Multimedia from July 2013 to June 2015 as editor at the New Richmond News. 
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