Escaped Enfield Inmate Found

Connecticut prison officials say they have located an inmate who walked away from a program at a local community college on Saturday.

The state Department of Corrections says 45-year-old Christopher Somsky, of Westport, walked off Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield Saturday. Campus security reported to prison officials Somsky was unaccounted for around 2 p.m.

Somsky was taken into custody late Sunday night while being treated for a hip injury at a local hospital. Department of Correction officials believe he injured his hip while on the run.

Somsky is an inmate at the Willard-Cybulski Correctional Institution in Enfield and had been taking part in an approved day program at the college. 

After treatment for his injury, Somsky will be transferred to Northern Correctional Institution where he will be reviewed for placement on the agency’s highest level of supervision, according to DOC officials.

Officials have suspended all community-based educational and work furloughs pending a thorough review, according to Martucci.

"These scenarios are taken very seriously by the Department of Correction. Collaboration between the agency, the Fugitive Unit, State Police, and local law enforcement is ongoing. The Department of Correction remains in direct communication with the Governor’s Office, providing continuous updates," said Connecticut Department of Correction Director of External Affairs Karen Martucci. 

Prison officials consider Somsky is a low-risk offender. He's serving a maximum nine-year sentence for second degree robbery handed down in 2015.

State and local police had been notified and an alert had been issued through the state's public alert system. The Enfield prison had also been placed on lockdown.

On Sunday, US Marshals joined the collaborative efforts to find Somsky, Martucci said.

The US Marshals had offered a monetary award for any information leading to Somsky's apprehension. 

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