Sheriff Herzet said Mitchell would be booked into the Butler County jail for aggravated escape from custody. He then ran into a corn field where he has been hiding for most of the day near Douglass High School.
53-year old Mitchell is an inmate at the Winfield Correctional Facility, where he is serving time for burglary, theft and indecent liberties.
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Douglass School District was on lockdown throughout the day while the search was underway.
Butler County, Andover, and Augusta worked with the U.S. Marshall's service on the search. Herzet said a lot of manpower was needed because of earlier statements made by Mitchell that he wouldn't be taken alive. He was last seen at 9:30 Tuesday evening. He was last seen wearing a white state-issued T-shirt, and either blue jeans or gray sweatpants. He also was possibly wearing a red-hooded sweatshirt. His record also includes a child sex crime conviction.