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Angola cell mates try to escape

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Two Angola cell mates have been captured after attempting a daring plan to escape from jail.

While in the prison yard this morning, the two inmates broke through the bottom of one gate and climbed over another before taking off into a wooded area.

The Angola Chase Team, which included a K-9 unit and a boat crew, surrounded the duo within a few hours. The two never actually left the Angola State Prison's grounds. The chase team got extra help from nature.

"The cows helped us a lot, because the cows would see them and run out of the woods. Then the flock of ducks flew by, so they scared them out and we were watching all of that from the levee with thermal imagery. It was a pretty classic chase," said Warden Burl Cain.

Both prisoners gave up without a fight, adhering to the orders of the prison officials.

"We never have lost one we didn't catch. So it's pretty hard to get away from us. We practice all the time, and they looked sad and we were pretty happy. So it was a good Sunday morning and it was actually pretty interesting," said Cain.

The escapees were identified as Melvin Johnson, a convicted rapist, and Aaron Watson, a convicted killer. Both are serving life sentences without parole. Escape charges are pending.

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