Nebraska Inmate Escapee Caught, One Other Remains at Large

Lincoln Police Department(LINCOLN, Neb.) -- One of the convicted sex offenders who escaped from a Nebraska prison has been caught, but the other is still on the loose, police said Saturday.

Armon Dixon was taken into custody a few hours after police received a call that a man with a hammer wrapped in a T-shirt had assaulted two women in an apartment complex in northeast Lincoln. Witnesses later reported seeing a man sprint into a tunnel along Deadman’s Run near 48th Street. The second inmate escapee, Timothy Clausen, remains at large, Lincoln police said.

Dixon, 37, and Clausen, 52, were declared escapees Friday afternoon when neither were present for an inmate count at the Lincoln Correctional Center, according to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. Lincoln Correctional is medium/maximum prison. It is unclear how the men escaped.

Both Dixon and Clausen were convicted of sexual assaults, their criminal records show. Police said the men are considered dangerous and should not be approached.

Escape procedures were activated, and state and local police agencies were notified, officials said. It is possible the men took shelter at an unoccupied home in the area south of Lincoln, ABC News affiliate KLKN-TV in Lincoln reported.

Around 9:30 a.m., a 911 call reported that two men wearing tan pants and gray shirts were running north on U.S. Highway 77, Omaha.com reported. The clothing was "very similar" to what Nebraska state inmates wear, the Lancester County Sheriff's Office told Omaha.com.

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Charlottesville mayor to issue statement on Robert E. Lee statue

Charlottesville mayor to issue statement on Robert E. Lee statueMark Wilson/Getty Images(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer will issue a statement Friday afternoon after canceling a news conference at which he was expected to "make a major announcement" regarding the local statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and the legacy of the woman killed during a protest sparked by the city's plans to remove the statue.

His news conference had been scheduled for noon on Friday, but the mayor tweeted Friday morning that "we are canceling today’s press conference and instead issuing a statement in the afternoon."

FYI all: we are canceling today’s press conference and instead issuing a statement in the afternoon. Stay tuned.

— Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 18, 2017

FYI, the reason for the change is we decided a statement rather than a press event was the best medium for the ideas I want to convey today.

— Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 18, 2017

The statement comes six days after a Unite the Right rally sparked by Charlottesville's plan to remove the Lee statue from a local park turned deadly.

The rally was attended by neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members. They were met with hundreds of counterprotesters, which led to street brawls and violent clashes.

A driver plowed into counterprotesters, killing Heather Heyer, 32, and injuring several others. The suspected driver is in custody, facing charges including second-degree murder.

Despite the "painful" event, "we’re not going to let them define us,” Signer told ABC News earlier this week of the agitators.

"They’re not going to tell our story," he said. "We’re going to tell our story. And outsiders -- their time has come and gone. This city is back on their feet, and we’re going to be better than ever despite this."

Signer compared his hopes for Charlottesville's recovery to the aftermath of the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting in June 2015 that killed nine people. The gunman in that attack said he wanted to start a race war, but the tragedy instead united the city.

"There’s a memorial right now in front of Charlottesville City Hall that’s flowers and a heart that talks about the love that we have here. Those are the images that are going to replace these horrific ones from this weekend. That’s the work that we have as a country," Signer said.

"That’s what happened in Charleston. There were those horrible images of those people bloodied and killed and weeping from the church. But they were replaced quickly, steadily, by the work that started to happen. By people who said, 'You’re not going to tell our story for us. We’re going to tell our story.'

"And that’s what’s happening in this community. That’s my work as the mayor here -- is not to allow these hateful people who just don’t get this country to define us," he said. "And they’re not going to define us."

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