May 26, 2018
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2 escapees from Charleston correctional facility still on the run

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

CHARLESTON, Maine — Two inmates who escaped from Charleston Correctional Facility on Sunday evening were still on the lam, a Maine Department of Corrections official said early Tuesday evening.

Randall Moulton, 20, of Bangor and Phillip Gardiner, 24, of Belfast were the subject of a manhunt Monday along Route 221, near the Glenburn School.

Judy Plummer, a corrections department spokeswoman, said Monday that the two men “just walked out” of the minimum-security facility, which has no perimeter fence.

“The collaborative effort to find and apprehend the two prisoners continues between the Department of Corrections and state and local police,” she said in an update issued Tuesday evening.

“The department thanks everyone for their continued support and efforts,” she said.

Moulton is serving a sentence for burglary and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, according to Plummer. He began his sentence on June 7 and was scheduled to be released in September 2013 and be on probation until 2014.

He is described as a white male, 6 feet tall, weighing 180 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Gardiner had been incarcerated for burglary, robbery and criminal threatening since November 2009, Plummer said. He was scheduled to be released in November 2014 and to be on probation until 2018, she said.

Gardiner is white, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 144 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes.

“It is a felony to assist the escapees in any way,” Plummer said Tuesday, adding that Moulton and Gardiner each face up to five additional years in prison for their escape.

BDN writer Ryan McLaughlin and photographer Gabor Degre contributed to this report.

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