Mother, brother of 1 escaped Indiana inmate arrested

Mother, brother of 1 escaped Indiana inmate arrested
Paula Potters (left) and Joseph Heath (right) (Photo: Facebook/Fayette County Sheriff's Department)
Paula Potters (left) and Joseph Heath (right) (Photo: Facebook/Fayette County Sheriff's Department)

FAYETTE COUNTY, IN (FOX19) - Police arrested a mother and brother of one of the two inmates who escaped from an eastern Indiana jail.

Fayette County Sheriff's Department detectives on Monday arrested Paula Potters, 60, the mother of Chadwick Heath, and his brother, 37-year-old Joseph Heath.

Potters confessed to assisting Heath and Michael Roberts after their escape from the Fayette County jail in Connersville Friday.

The two men allegedly escaped from the jail by squeezing through a hole they apparently made in the jail's exterior wall.

Staff at the jail about 50 miles east of Indianapolis found a two-foot-wide hole in both the interior and exterior walls in the men's jail cell. A review of surveillance video showed the men escaping through that hole.

Potters told investigators that both men came to her house after the escape and she provided them with food and clothing.  She also provided additional information about their whereabouts, which police aren't releasing at this time.

Authorities said she admitted to being intoxicated at the time of the interview.

Police charged her with maintaining a common nuisance and assisting a criminal, both are level six felonies. She is charged with assisting only Roberts because under Indiana state law, she cannot be charged with assisting her child.

Potters' other son, Joey, was also charged with maintaining a common nuisance, due to information obtained by listening to phone calls, police said.

Late Sunday, Dayton police say they found a stolen truck with the keys still inside that may have been used by the two escaped inmates. The truck was reported stolen Sunday morning by Roberts' previous employer, authorities said.

Police are offering a reward of $1,000 per inmate for information that leads to the capture of Heath and Roberts.

Tips can be anonymous and can be made by calling the Fayette County Sheriff's Department (765-825-1110 Ext 602), Fayette County Central Dispatch (765-825-2111) or calling 911.

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