Walkaway from Alpha House arrested

2014-05-18T09:58:00Z 2014-05-18T23:23:35Z Walkaway from Alpha House arrestedBy CHRIS CIOFFI ccioffi@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

The man who walked away from the men's community corrections center at 104 N. 31st St. on Wednesday is back in custody.

Franklin Whiteman, 30, was arrested Saturday afternoon by the U.S. Marshal Service and the Billings Police Department, according to Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Rod Ostermiller. 

Whiteman was sought by Alternatives Inc., and the Montana Department of Corrections after he disappeared at about 6 p.m., according to a press release from Alternatives.

After conducting multiple interviews, the marshals were able to narrow down Whiteman's whereabouts to several Billings residences.

When they approached 715 N. 31st St., he jumped out of the window and a footchase ensued, Ostermiller said. 

Eventually, he was arrested in the alley between First Street West and Avenue B, where he was found hiding in a dumpster, said Sgt. Ronda Fox.

Whiteman faces charges of felony escape and obstructing a peace officer, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced for assault, assault with a weapon, burglary, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, forgery and revocation in Yellowstone County in February 2012, and had been at Alpha House since November 2013.

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