Escaped Alabama inmate hid in trailer used to transport furniture; now on the run more than 48 hours

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Corey Aris Davis (Alabama Department of Corrections)

Story by AL.COM. Written By Carol Robinson | [email protected]

 

Alabama prison officials on Friday released details about the escape of an inmate who has been on the run for more than 48 hours.

Corey Aris Davis, a 30-year-old man serving a life sentence on human trafficking, escaped from the St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville on Wednesday when he hid inside a trailer used to transport furniture from the facility, according to a preliminary investigation.

Alabama Department of Corrections officials said Davis concealed himself inside the trailer sometime while he was working in a furniture plant that is managed by the Alabama Correctional Industries). At about 12:30 p.m. that day, the trailer left the facility and was taken directly to the ACI facility in Montgomery.

Investigators on Friday found evidence today confirmed Davis had been inside the trailer and had used an item of furniture for concealment. The evidence also shows that Davis exited the trailer sometime after it was parked at the ACI facility.

ADOC spokesman Bob Horton said prison officials have identified three inmate suspects at the prison who assisted Davis in his escape. Their identities are not being released at this time.

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In addition to the recapture efforts and determining the details of the escape, the ADOC is working to identify how Davis was able to gain access to the trailer without being observed by prison officials, and why he was not reported missing until a security check at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The facility remains locked down while the investigation is ongoing.

Authorities believe Davis in no longer in the Montgomery area and are working closely with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and other local and state agencies to bring Davis back into custody. Davis was sentenced to life in 2017 for a human trafficking conviction in Lauderdale County.

The Florence man was arrested in July 16 on two counts of human trafficking, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of rape, two counts of sodomy, sexual torture, sex abuse, two counts of burglary and impersonating a police officer.

His arrest was the result of the work of a multi-jurisdictional task force that included officers and deputies from the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office, St. Florian Police Department, Florence Police Department, Lauderdale County Drug Task Force and Lauderdale County District Attorney’s Office.

The Florence Police Department said in a news release that the alleged crime spree began on June 3, 2016 when officers responded to a report of a rape in the area of Chisholm Road. The female victim told officers she was kidnapped by a man she met online and was forced to perform sex acts over several hours.

She was eventually able to escape and call police.

A second incident occurred on June 18, when Lauderdale County deputies responded to the same area on a call of a man dressed in a policeman’s uniform trying to assault a woman. The suspect was scared away by the deputies’ arrival.

Three days later, a Lauderdale County animal control officer responding to a complaint on County Road 289 noticed a man acting suspiciously. He called St. Florian police for backup, at which point the man fled.

The responding officers found a partially-clothed woman bound in the basement of a nearby abandoned house, the Florence Police said. Her statement to police mirrored that of the first victim – she met the man online and went to a house on Chisholm Road to meet him.

He abducted her at gunpoint and was forced to perform sex acts for hours before officers found her.

The task force was formed and, over a 10-day span, its members gathered evidence and executed search warrants that led to a grand jury indicting Davis for the crimes.

Davis is 5-feet, 6-inches tall, weighs approximately 150 pounds, and has blond hair and blue eyes. The public should not approach Davis but should contact their local law enforcement or the Alabama Department of Corrections Investigations and Intelligence Division at 334-353-8912, or 1-800-831-8825 with information that could lead to his recapture.

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