Prison escapee Timothy Clausen was caught with his pants down, literally.
Officers acted on a tip and cornered Clausen in a north Omaha apartment Wednesday evening. They found him on the toilet. He had a handgun beside him.
Clausen gave up without incident. The massive manhunt for two prison escapees had come to a close nearly a week after it began.
Authorities captured 37-year-old Armon Dixon in Lincoln Saturday after fishing him out of the stormwater drain in which he attempted to hide.
The two escaped the state-run Lincoln Correctional Center Friday morning, hiding in a laundry truck.
Clausen, who is 52, had cut his hair, shaved his beard, and changed out of prison garb into different clothes. He told officers he had planned to commit a robbery to get money to help in his escape. He has been sent to the Tecumseh prison.
“We have, thanks to the collaboration of numerous law enforcement groups and the help of citizens, we have apprehended Timothy Clausen,” Gov. Pete Ricketts announced in a news conference at the Omaha Police Department headquarters.
Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent Brad Rice says the manhunt soon focused on northeast Omaha after the capture of Dixon.
“Public safety in returning these fugitives to justice was our ultimate goal and I’m happy to report as the governor just announced that that has been accomplished,” Rice said at the news conference.
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says his officers worked with federal and state authorities to blanket northeast Omaha and prevent Clausen from getting out of the city and out of Nebraska.
“We knew that there was a sense of urgency,” Schmaderer said. “We knew Mr. Clausen was a dangerous individual. We knew that he was attempting to leave the city. We knew that he would do anything he could in order to do that; commit crimes, hurt people, ascertain money through illegal means just to get away. So, a sense of urgency on this was very high.”
Clausen had been sent to prison after being convicted of sexual assault.
Schmaderer says his officers worked with state and federal authorities to insure Clausen was caught before he could hurt someone.
“And he would have, eventually. Mr. Clausen, that’s his whole goal,” according to Schmaderer. “He escaped prison in an attempt to further his life, in order to further his life he was going to do whatever he needed to do. That was hurt somebody, steal, rob, you name it. So we knew the imperative nature of catching him.”
An anonymous tip to the Omaha Crime Stoppers led officers to Clausen. Schmaderer says the tipster will reap his reward, getting the full $7,500 reward offered for information. That was the tip that led directly to the capture of Clausen though officials say hundreds of tips from citizens came in to assist the manhunt.
AUDIO: Gov. Pete Ricketts hosts news conference on capture of Timothy Clausen. [11 min.]