Work Release Escape Caught in Cottonwood

Late Thursday night, authorities arrested an escaped prisoner and his girlfriend at a Cottonwood apartment complex.

Earlier in the day, work release inmate, 27-year-old Brenton McDaniel, reportedly forced a second inmate at knife point to drive with him in a stolen county vehicle.

Both inmates had been working at the Coffee County landfill.

The kidnapped inmate was released unharmed.

Authorities say McDaniel along with his girlfriend, Mary Pons, were spotted by an off-duty county employee traveling from Dothan along Highway 84.

They were arrested a short time later.

A third individual, 18-year-old Cody Walker, is also charged with hindering apprehension of an escapee.

He's currently being held in the Houston County Jail.