Columbia County escapee re-arrested

Inmate tried to flee from work detail


LAKE CITY, Fla. – A Columbia County inmate who tried to escape from a work detail Tuesday was captured and re-arrested, the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies said John Keene, 29, of Lake City, ran away from his work detail at the intersection of Southwest Pinemount Avenue and Southwest Birley Road at around 10:15 Tuesday morning. Deputies set up a perimeter and K-9 units helped track Keene near Magical Terrace.

Witnesses said someone took Keene to the Challenge Learning Center near his home. Deputies found Keene at a friend's house nearby and arrested him. Keene's friend, Felipe Ortega, 29, was arrested for aiding and abetting Keene.

Keene was initially arrested in June on narcotics charges and was awaiting trial.