Burnett County Sheriff’s Office Still On Lookout For 26-Year Old Escaped Inmate

Thursday, September 8th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Local authorities in Burnett County are continuing to search for a 26-year-old escaped inmate in connection with an aggravated battery and vehicle theft at the Town of Blaine garage at about noon this past Saturday, Sept. 3.

Deputies are still looking for Caleb W. Smith, an escaped inmate from the Gordon Correctional Facility, as a possible suspect in this incident. Smith walked away from a work detail in Minong during the early-morning hours of Saturday. He is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, with a long goatee and moustache. He has ties to the Waukesha area. Smith fled from the Blaine Town Shop in the victim’s truck, a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado, bearing Wisconsin license plate 19774.

The victim in this incident, 82-year-old William Slipher of Danbury, was transported by ambulance to a Duluth hospital where the Inter County Leader reports his condition is improving.

The paper also reports Smith may have stolen a knife from the man he assaulted and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone having information about Smith’s whereabouts, or who may have seen this vehicle, is asked to call the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office at 715-349-2128 or their local law enforcement agency by calling 911.

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