RIDGEVILLE, South Carolina — Locking the door and throwing away the key won’t stop Jimmy Causey.
The inmate serving a life sentence for taking his former lawyer and his family hostage was on the lam after busting out of a maximum security prison for the second time.
South Carolina authorities had launched a statewide manhunt for the 46-year-old Causey after discovering he had slipped away from the Lieber Correctional Institution on Wednesday.
In 2005, Causey had managed to break out of another maximum security prison with a fellow inmate by hiding in a dumpster and leaving dummies behind to fool guards into thinking they were in their beds.
Causey and the other inmate were recaptured after just three days in that episode. It was unclear how he managed to escape this time.
“I would have thought after the first escape attempt he would be locked down pretty tight,” Capt. Scott McDonald of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department told the State newspaper. “To hear he escaped again, I was just in shock.”
A career criminal, Causey was hit with a life sentence in 2004 for barging into the Columbia home of lawyer Jack Swerling, who had twice represented him, with the mistaken impression that there was a large stash of cash there.
Causey and a co-conspirator bound and gagged Swerling and his wife and daughter with duct tape and ransacked the home, making off with just a few bucks. At trial, it was revealed that Causey held a grudge because he felt he shouldn’t have served any time in the earlier cases in which Swerling represented him.
Swerling said news of the escape sent a chill up his spine, and authorities have provided him and his family with police protection.