By Shereen Siewert

Two men who escaped a Wisconsin prison Thursday morning were recaptured Friday at a Rockford, Ill. homeless shelter, according to police.

A woman who runs the Miss Carly’s homeless shelter on Friday posted on the group’s Facebook page that the two men showed up there wearing prison-issue sweats and thermal shirts. The woman recognized the men as Thomas Deering and James Newman, the two men who scaled two outer fences at Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, and called police.

Officers from the Rockford Police Department arrived within minutes.

2 inmates escape from Portage prison


Deering, 46, was convicted in 2000 of an array of charges includeing kidnapping, second degree sexual assault and burglary. He was later charged with escape, in 2002, and battery to prisoners in 2015, court records show.

Newman, 37, was convicted in 2009 in Brown County of gun-related charges, court records show. In 2012, in a Jackson County case, Newman was convicted of escape, kidnapping and theft.

UPDATE: Manhunt continues for escaped prison inmates