A man convicted of hitting his disabled neighbor to death escapes from a Maine prison for the third time

Convicted murderer Arnold Nash, 65, escaped from a Maine prison Thursday night

Convicted murderer Arnold Nash, 65, escaped from a Maine prison Thursday night

Convicted murderer Arnold Nash, 65, escaped from a Maine prison Thursday night

An inmate in a minimum security prison in Maine who was serving a 45-year sentence for the death of his disabled neighbor has escaped, authorities said.

Arnold Nash, 65, escaped from Mountain View Correctional Facility in Charleston around 8:20 pm Thursday. The authorities believe that it is still in the local area.

Nash was serving a long prison term for the theft and murder in 1991 of his neighbor Wilfred Gibeault, a 58-year-old Korean War disabled veteran.

The Department of Corrections Commissioner, Joseph Fitzpatrick, said Nash was last seen wearing blue jeans, a white T-shirt and a light blue shirt, according to the Bangor Daily News.

The escaped prisoner measures between 5 and 6 inches and weighs approximately 160 pounds. He has tattoos on both arms; a fish symbol on the right arm and the word & # 39; Mama & # 39; On the left side. Nash also used several aliases in the past, authorities said.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland told the Portland Press Herald that Nash is dangerous.

"He is a professional criminal and residents in the Greater Charleston area must be aware, be vigilant and take extra precautions," he said.

Fitzpatrick warned residents not to approach Nash. Authorities said there were no confirmed sightings of the convicted murderer until Friday night.

There were no details about how Nash escaped or why he was staying in a minimal security prison.

According to a press release on Friday morning, Nash was due to be released in December, 18 years before the end of his original sentence. He did not say why he was going to be released so early.

Authorities have not said how Nash fled the minimum security Mountain View correction facility in Charleston

Authorities have not said how Nash fled the minimum security Mountain View correction facility in Charleston

Authorities have not said how Nash fled the minimum security Mountain View correction facility in Charleston

This is not the first time Nash escapes from a Maine prison. In 1981, he fled the Maine State Prison, where he was serving time for robbery. Local media reported that Nash and another prison distanced themselves from the details of agricultural work in mid-July 1981.

The escape triggered one of Maine's longest men's searches. The two inmates were captured weeks after they fled.

Nash also escaped from prison in 1973 when he was 19 years old while serving a sentence for theft at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham. It was not clear how he fled or how long it took him to be captured.

In May of 1992, he was condemned for the death of Gibeault. The long-time criminal had planned to steal from the veteran, who lived next door, $ 1,400 in cash he received each month from the Veterans Administration.

McCausland told the Press Herald that rangers, corrections officers and state officials searched Nash in the Charleston area for most of Friday. A helicopter was sent for the search as well.

"We hope that the public will be our eyes and ears and call if they see something that seems suspicious," he said.

Anyone with information about Nash's whereabouts is requested to contact the Maine State Police at 973-3700.

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