Prison Escapee Recaptured By The Police After trying To Buy Call Of Duty Game

A UK prison escapee has been recaptured after coming out of hiding to buy a copy of the popular battle royale game Call of Duty.

According to Kotaku, Clint Butler, 36-year-old, has been hiding from the police since November last year after escaping the HMP spring Hill prison in Birmingham, where he was serving a 17-year extended sentence for crimes including robbery and firearm offenses. 

 
Butler sought refuge in a friend's place until January 13 when he and the friend went out to buy a copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War.

When the Midlands Police spotted Butler and his friend in Birmingham city centre, the pair changed direction which caught the attention of the police. When asked by the police what he was doing out and about when a COVID-19 lockdown was in place. Butler replied, "I've come to get the new Call of Duty because I can't sit around in lockdown."

The officers then asked for some details which Butler provided. However, when the police said he would be checking their details, Butler lashed out and kicked him in the groin.

The officers eventually officers overpowered Butler using incapacitant spray. A check on the details revealed he had given the police a fake name.

Police superintendent Nick Rowe of the West Midlands Police seemed confused why Butler made such an "idiotic decision" to risk returning to jail because of a video game.

"Quite why he decided to risk being returned to prison by making the idiotic decision to come into town during lockdown with a friend to buy a video game will remain a bit of mystery," Nick Rowe said.

He received a 13-month sentence for his original jailbreak and an additional six months for the altercation with the police.

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