Thursday, September 16, 2010
Escaped con from Bergen believed headed back to N.J.
He's covered in tattoos, one of them a huge Adolf Hitler on his back. Now the violent felon is on the run -- and possibly headed back to New Jersey -- after giving guards the slip. As a result, 36-year-old Albert Voute of Oradell has vaulted to the top of Bergen County’s Most Wanted list.
voute was serving a 170-month sentence after admitting her robbed banks in New Milford, Emerson and West Windor -- all around Christmastime 2005. He was on parole at the time, having served nine years when he was caught and sentenced. But he still had an outstanding charge in Bergen County, for a carjacking, and he made a break for it while being taken to a Hackensack courtroom from Kentucky.
Around 2:15 a.m. Monday, a prisoner transportation company taking Voute to a court appearance in Hackensack on a carjacking charge stopped at a Burger King in Falling Waters, West Virginia. There he slipped his shackles and took off, authorities said.
He was last seen running into the woods behind the fast-food restaurant in his orange prison jumpsuit, said Jennifer Monaghan, a spokeswoman for Bergen County Sheriff Leo McGuire, told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
McGuire's staff entered the information into the National Crime Information Center, which is accessible to every law enforcement agency in the country, after North Atlantic Extradition Services (NAES) notified federal authorities in Kentucky, where Voute had been housed at United States Prison Big Sandy in Inez.
Voute served nine years in state prison in New Jersey in connection with a trio of convictions in Bergen County -- for resisting arrest, eluding police, and gun possession, records show.
Voute was placed on federal escape status, Monaghan said. The U.S. Marshals Service, West Virginia State Police and local authorities are leading the search, with the help of K-9 units and a Maryland State Police helicopter, according to local reports, she said.
Voute is described as 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds, with short black hair.
Authorities said HE SHOULD BE CONSIDERED EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged not to approach him in any way. Instead, call 911.