PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Authorities in Greene County say the two men who escaped from the Greene County Jail on Saturday afternoon have been recaptured.
State Police in Waynesburg say Jason Roe and Rocco Iacovone escaped from the Greene County Jail in Franklin Township Saturday around 12:30 p.m.
Two hours later, troopers say the two were caught in a wooded area less than a mile away from the jail.
Both Roe and Iacovone are considered violent offenders. Neither has been convicted of the charges that sent them to jail.
“These are very violent offenders, one is awaiting trial for criminal homicide and the other for armed robbery, so it was critical that we get them back into custody immediately,” said Trooper Barton Lemansky, of Pennsylvania State Police.
Roe is currently awaiting trial for criminal homicide, and could face the death penalty for a Greene County murder that took place in the fall of 2012.
Iacovone was in prison for an armed robbery that happened in Weirton, W. Va.
State police from the Waynesburg, Washington and Uniontown barracks combined forces sending out saturation patrols in the woods.
“All the police officers involved in the search very… immediately established a perimeter and started to saturate the wooded area before they got near members of the public,” said Trooper Lemansky.
A state police helicopter and a fixed-wing aircraft were also used, and spotted the men still wearing their prison uniforms in a densely wooded area.
Troopers on ground level took the men into custody.
They are now facing escape charges. They were arraigned Saturday night.
State police are investigating the circumstances of just how the men were able to escape from jail.