A couple of convicts in Guangdong province seem to have disregarded one glaring obstacle standing in the way of their precious freedom from prison: the electric fence.
A convict who’d tried to escape the Beijiang Prison in Shaoguan on Saturday was found the next day hiding in the grass just yards from the facility, according to Xinhua. It’s believed he received a huge shock from the electrified fencing at the prison but managed to fall to the ground outside the prison walls.
The 28-year-old fugitive, Li Mengjun, was arrested near the prison around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Li’s fellow inmate and partner in crime, Wu Changghui, on the other hand, hadn’t even managed to make it that far, and fell back inside prison grounds after getting shocked by the electric fence.
On Saturday, the two left a workshop at the prison through an emergency fire engine access, broke the lock off the security gate and climbed over a wall only to find the—did they really not know it was there?—the electric fence.
When faced with the choice to climb or retreat, they climbed.
Wu was immediately found and taken into custody and a Hunt for Li went underway, with the local government offering a reward of up to 200,000 yuan for his return.
Li had been sentenced to death with a reprieve for robbery in 2006. Before his getaway attempt, he had another 19 years and nine months remaining behind bars.
This was the second failed prison break in the past couple of months. Three inmates who escaped from a Heilongjiang detention center in September after killing a guard were all recaptured and put back behind bars, despite their best efforts. The last of the three inmates to be found was arrested about a week after his escape at his niece’s house, where he was given away by relatives.