One of two escaped inmates recaptured

Published 4:35 pm Wednesday, October 24, 2018

MARSHALL COUNTY – One of two inmates who escaped from the Childersburg Work Release Center Tuesday night has been recaptured in Marshall County.

Araujo Jr.


Mark Stephen Araujo Jr., 39, was recaptured at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, by officers from the Boaz Police Department. A tip led the officers to an apartment complex where they found and arrested Araujo without incident.

A second inmate who escaped with Araujo, 39-year-old Jacob Larry Burnett, is still at large. A surveillance video taken at a service station in Calera shows Burnett standing next to a white utility truck and inside the business at 8:53 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Authorities believe Burnett may be driving the truck and wearing a dark shirt and brown pants. Burnett is 5 feet 9 inches tall with red hair, green eyes and weighs 190 pounds.

Burnett was sentenced to 18 months in July 2018 for third-degree burglary in Shelby County. Araujo is serving a 15-year sentence for a 2016 first-degree theft of property conviction in Walker County.

The public should contact local law enforcement or the Alabama Department of Corrections at 1-800-831-8825 with information that may lead to Burnett’s recapture.