LOWELL, Ind. -- Two prison escapees from Mississippi nabbed after nearly three weeks on the lam could face new charges in three states for allegedly hijacking several vehicles, shooting at a police officer and committing several thefts.
But authorities say convicted killer John F. Woolard and convicted robber Roy Randall Harper must first return to finish their sentences.
''We are going to seek to extradite Woolard and Harper on back to Mississippi and let the other states file their charges after the fact,'' Mississippi Department of Corrections spokesman Ken Jones said Friday.
An intensive search for Woolard and Harper ended Friday after the two men, exhausted from three weeks on the run and battered by three days hiding in fields and thorny underbrush, surrendered to police.
The two men hijacked several vehicles along the way and committed thefts and other crimes in three states, police said.
They surrendered peacefully, Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said. ''Evidently, they were very tired and had some injuries from being in the underbrush for so long,'' he said.
Indiana State Police captured Woolard, 37, Friday morning in a field near the Indiana-Illinois state line about 40 miles south of Chicago. Harper, 42, was caught earlier walking along railroad tracks in the town of St. John. Both men had loaded handguns tucked into their waistbands, authorities said.
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