Prison escapee captured in library at University of Illinois

Michael Ward, Provided Photo
Michael Ward, Provided Photo

URBANA, Ill. (WTHI) – The escaped inmate from the Terre Haute Federal Prison, Michael Ward, was arrested on the University of Illinois campus last night.

University of Illinois Police stated they found him in the Undergrad Library located at 1402 W. Gregory Dr. around 7 p.m. CT on Monday. An officer doing a routine walk through noticed Ward because of his clothing and the ‘knit bag’ that was prison issued.

Ward told the officer he was there to use the public computer and that he was on parole. When the officer asked for his identification, Ward gave his prison ID. Campus police also found the vehicle.

News 10 confirmed Ward was taken back into custody and is currently in the Champaign County Jail. It’s unclear if Ward will waive extradition. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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