GIRARD, Pa. – A killer who escaped from a Pennsylvania prison in a trash can was captured in California after boasting of an appearance on Fox's "America's Most Wanted," state police said Sunday.
Malcolm Kysor, 54, was arrested Saturday in a Bakersfield, Calif., park after someone notified police about the claim, police said.
"Basically, it's a citizen's tip. He was in a park and he started bragging," Trooper Donald Claypoole of the Girard barracks said.
Kysor was carried out in a truck hauling garbage from the medium-security State Correctional Institution at Albion, near Girard in northwestern Pennsylvania. He had been serving a life sentence since 1988 for an early 1980s slaying in Erie County.
An investigation found prison staff negligent, saying workers failed to conduct routine security measures such as thoroughly checking the trash can and truck. The prison's superintendent was removed and later retired.
Fellow inmate John Gromer was charged with conspiracy for allegedly helping Kysor. Authorities said Gromer told police he put a box and plastic bag over Kysor to help conceal him in the garbage can, then pushed it to the back of the truck.
According to a criminal complaint, Kysor told Gromer he had people waiting outside the prison to help him.
Kysor was being held without bond in California to await extradition proceedings, Claypoole said.