Gary Prater- Florida- 1986 Oct 23, 2015 0:08:42 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Oct 23, 2015 0:08:42 GMT -5
(Pictured: Above: Left: Gary Prater circa 1981. Right: Age-progressed to 2009)
Fugitive Profile as of October 23rd, 2015: (based on FDLE Wanted Search, manateecrime.blogspot.com)
Aliases: John R. Casey, Gary Prat, Gary L. Prather, Gary L. Prater, Gary Lanier, Gary Lenier Prater, Gary Prato, Gary Prather
Date (s) of Birth used: 10/28/1949, 10/28/1948
Hair Color: Brown
Eyes Color: Brown
Tattoos: Left Arm, Left Shoulder
Scars: Chin, Left Hand, Forehead, Eyebrow (left/left eye area)
TIPS: Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call FDLE's free tip line at 1-877-FLA-WANTED (1-877-352-9268) or e-mail [email protected]
"The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Florida Police Chiefs Association are offering a reward for information leading to the capture of Gary Prater, 60, for his 1986 escape from the Tomoka Correctional Institution. He is one of a dozen cold case prison escapees being featured during the “12 Days of Fugitives” campaign – a joint public outreach initiative by FDLE and DOC.
On Dec. 3, 1981, Prater was traveling from Pensacola to Orlando when he stopped to help a woman whose disabled vehicle was in a ditch near Milton, Fla. He drove her to a side road and committed sexual battery. He was arrested Dec. 13, 1981 by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. He was sentenced June 21, 1982 to 18 years in prison.
Prater escaped from the Tomoka Correctional Institution Jan. 31, 1986 while working in a carpentry shop outside of the fenced perimeter. Prior to his Florida conviction, Prater served six years in a Texas prison for assault with intent to kill a police officer.
“Prater has been free for nearly 24 years,” said FDLE Special Agent in Charge Jim Madden. “It takes just one solid lead to bring him back to prison.”
Prater is 6’0” and at the time of his escape was approximately 205 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair. Prater has used the aliases Gary Prat, John R. Casey and Gary Prato. He has relatives living in Georgia. He has previously lived and worked in Orlando.
Prater is featured today on digital billboards across the state. The Florida Outdoor Advertising Association and its network of member companies are broadcasting the faces of the fugitives and the tip line number throughout the campaign period. There are 90 digital billboard locations statewide."
Thoughts? Prater was on AMW's old website as a web-exclusive. The above was FDLE's press release which the Manatee Crimewatch blog re-posted. Prater would be in his 60's today, which is still relatively young. It surprises me Prater has stayed on the run this long considering he couldn't stay out of trouble in the past. However, looking at the multiple aliases listed on FDLE's Most Wanted search probably explains part of the reason why. With technology nowhere near as good in the 80's and even 90's as it is today, Prater could have been picked up multiple times and released simply by giving a false name. He's a guy that may know how to play the system, but he can't escape the public. So readers, take a good look at his face and call Florida authorities if you believe you've seen him.
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