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The former girlfriend of an escaped Alabama prisoner, who authorities say has threatened to kill her, is worried for her safety while her ex remains at large after allegedly being freed by a corrections official over the weekend.
The unidentified woman, who used to date Casey White, the 38-year-old inmate who escaped a Lauderdale County detention center on Friday, said she’s gone into hiding, as federal investigators scramble to locate him.
“They’ve [local police] promised to step up patrols, but we are freaking out,” she told Huntsville television station WAAY-TV. “We don’t know if he is going to show up and take us out like he tried to do before.”
In 2015, White, who is awaiting trial on capital murder charges, allegedly threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend. She’s since moved out of state, the outlet reported. He’d been serving a 75-year sentence for kidnapping, attempted murder and robbery at the time of his escape, according to jail records obtained by Oxygen.com.
“I thought I would never have to worry about him ever again,” she added. “Casey White is very dangerous to everybody that is around him...I can’t believe it, I just I cannot believe it."
White told investigators in 2015 that he’d murder his ex-girlfriend if presented with the opportunity, according to court documents. Prior to his arrest, he'd allegedly opened fire on his former girlfriend during a crime spree in which he stole a vehicle, held three people hostage, and shot a pet dog.
“He stated that he wanted to kill her and have the police kill him,” a police report, cited by Fox News, stated. “His only regret was that neither was successful. He stated that if he was released he would kill the victim.”
According to surveillance footage, Casey White was seen being escorted out of Lauderdale County Jail on April 29 by 56-year-old corrections officer Vicky White, who had checked him out of jail under the guise of a non-existent mental health evaluation. The pair later vanished.
Officials, who initially described Vicky White as “endangered,” and a possible hostage, later issued a warrant for her arrest, accusing her of enabling Casey White’s escape. She’s been charged with facilitating or permitting escape in the first-degree, Lauderdale Sheriff Rick Singleton announced during a press conference Monday.
“If she is still alive, [she needs to] get the hell out,” Casey White’s ex-girlfriend said of Vicki White. “Run. Run as far as you can, and turn yourself in, and contact somebody. Like, do the right thing before you lose your life or somebody else does.”
The pair, who had a prior “special relationship” are not related. Alabama authorities suspect the pair began a romantic relationship in 2020. Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said Vicky White, who was set to retire, had been employed by the agency for 16 years.
A $10,000 reward has been offered for information related to Casey White and Vicki White's capture. They're considered armed and dangerous. As of Wednesday afternoon, federal officials said the two remained at-large.
"The search for the fugitives is ongoing," a spokesperson for the U.S. Marshal's Service told Oxygen.com.
Casey White, who is white, is an estimated six feet and nine inches tall and weighs 260 pounds. He has hazel eyes and tattoos on his back and left shoulder.
Anyone with information as to their whereabouts is urged to contact the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-800-336-0102.
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