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Escaped Tennessee prisoners planned to steal boat in South Florida, flee country, investigators say


Police say two men who escaped from a Tennessee prison, kidnapped a Kentucky highway employee and stole a truck that they used to drive to South Florida were planning to steal a boat and sail off to another country.

Robert Brown and Christopher Osteen were captured on Sunday in Pompano Beach, two days after they escaped from the Northwest Correctional Complex in Tiptonville, Tennessee.

Broward County Sheriff spokesman Carey Codd said the two were violent felons who kidnapped, blindfolded and carjacked a Kentucky highway employee and then kidnapped a second victim, stealing his Chevrolet Silverado and leaving him tied up inside his home for 16 hours.

Deputies located the stolen truck on Sunday morning in Pompano Beach. Police later located the escapees in a parking lot outside of the Sea Gardens Beach and Tennis Resort. The two ran off but eventually deputies were able to capture them, according to authorities.

Detectives said Brown and Osteen confessed to multiple residential burglaries, attempting to steal guns in anticipation of a possible shootout with authorities.

Investigators said Brown and Osteen intended to steal a boat and leave the country.

Both men were booked into the main Broward County jail. Brown was serving an 18-year prison sentence for aggravated rape and Osteen was serving an eight-year sentence for burglary.