Men Who Found Fugitive Get Key To The City

By: Gabriel Roxas Email
By: Gabriel Roxas Email

For three days people were on edge after a federal inmate escaped in Woodford County.

Tuesday night, the city of Versailles honored two men who helped police track down the fugitive. The two found escapee Derek Capozzi Saturday afternoon hiding in a wooded area

Versailles Mayor Fred Siegelman says Versailles is a safer city thanks to Alfred Marmolejo and Phillip Bryant. The two men say they were after a $100,000 reward they thought the U.S. Marshalls were offering. That turned out not to be the case, but what Marmolejo and Bryant did receive was the thanks of a grateful community and the key to the city. "We didn't get any money, but the people of Versailles have been so appreciative, so far, and that's worth everything, really," Marmolejo said.

It all began and it all ended by a tree line off Kentucky Avenue when Phillip Bryant and Alfred Marmolejo spotted Derek Capozzi hiding in the woods.

Mayor Siegelman says because the two immediately called 911 and stayed to watch Capozzi, the authorities were able to bring the manhunt to an end.

The city of Versailles isn't alone in it's gratitude. After the ceremony 27 Newsfirst spoke with the family of murder victim Aislin Silva. In 2005 a jury convicted Derek Capozzi of dismembering and hiding her body. Silva's father tells 27 Newsfirst he plans to call the men to personally thank them for helping put Capozzi back behind bars.

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