Marshals leading investigation in federal inmate's escape

The U.S. Marshal Service is still looking into how a federal inmate escaped from a van last week, but a spokesman said it might be a while before the report is finished.

Derek A. Capozzi, 37, escaped Thursday from a van transporting him from the Grayson County jail to Lexington's Blue Grass Airport. He was arrested Saturday in Versailles after he was found lying near railroad tracks behind Central Kentucky Stair Co.

Capozzi had been handcuffed and was in shackles, but he somehow was able to get the back door of the van open as it was turning onto the Ky. 33 exit off the Blue Grass Parkway, authorities say.

Craig Smith, spokesman for the U.S. Marshals in Kentucky, said he didn't know when the investigation and report into the incident would be finished.

"There's a lot of people to interview," he said. "It would be irresponsible for me to release any information until our report is complete."

Smith said Capozzi had been interviewed about the escape, but Smith declined to give details about that.

"If I said something now and then later on we decide that that wasn't right, it would be irresponsible for me to tell you something wrong in the first place, right?" Smith said.

Meanwhile, the two men who found Capozzi will be honored at Tuesday's Versailles City Council meeting.

Phillip Bryant and his brother-in-law, Alfred Marmolejo, will be recognized by Mayor Fred Siegelman at the 5:30 p.m. council meeting at city hall.

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