Marv Hubbard’s 17-hour taste of freedom ended early Thursday morning when law enforcement officers tracked him down at a Southwest Miami-Dade gas station.
Hubbard, who was still wearing the white T-shirt and blue shorts he was in when he hopped a fence at Farm Share the day before and escaped from his minimal security detail, was found sitting on a curb between two cars.
When Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents, Homestead detectives and Miami-Dade police officers took him into custody he gave no explanation for his actions, Homestead police spokesman Fernando Morales said.
Hubbard, who began a 20-year sentence for burglary to an occupied residence in August 2007, now faces a felony charge of escape from Dade Correctional Institution in south Miami-Dade.
At about 1 p.m. Wednesday, Hubbard was working under supervision at the Homestead food bank, when he managed to remove his marked clothes and hop a fence.
Homestead police set up a command post at Southwest 312th Street and 147th Avenue and searched by land with K-9s and by air with helicopters.
By 11 p.m., they called off the physical search and used “investigative means,” according to Morales to track down the 6-1, 177- pound Hubbard.
By 7 a.m., FDLE agents, Homestead detectives and Miami-Dade officers went to the Shell gas station at Southwest 200th Street and U.S.1.
Morales said detectives did not believe anyone else was involved in his escape.
“When you have a person that risks escaping from a correctional facility when he had such little time left to be served, it makes us wonder what is that person thinking and to what extent will he go to remain free,” Morales said.