Walter Wilson

Walter Wilson (Police Photo)

UPDATE: A prisoner who escaped Saturday night from a transport van traveling to Mississippi was captured in Richton Park Sunday night. Click here for the latest on this story from the Chicago Breaking News Center.


(WGN-AM)-A prisoner headed toward Mississippi escaped Saturday night from a transport van traveling on Interstate Highway 57 in Will County, state police said Sunday morning.

Walter Wilson, 25, fled the transport van on I-57 near Manhattan and Monee Roads in Monee at about 10:43 p.m., according to a news release from District 5 Illinois State Police.

Wilson was wearing a white shirt, black jeans and had shackles on his legs, police said. He is described as being about 5-foot-5-inches tall, weighing 140 pounds with brown eyes and black hair, police said.

Wilson was being transported to Mississippi to face charges for shooting in an occupied house, police said.

Calls were made to the Will County Sheriff's office and the Monee Police Department Saturday night, but no one was available to comment on the search.

Anyone with information about Wilson's whereabouts should contact Illinois State Police District 5 at 815-726-6377, ext. 206.

(The Chicago Tribune contributed to this story)

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