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Bergen County Sheriffs Office
Wednesday September 15th, 2010 :: 05:04 p.m. EDT


Carjacking suspect placed on Bergen county’s most wanted list

HACKENSACK, N.J. – A federal prisoner being transported from Kentucky to New Jersey was today placed on the top of Bergen County’s Most Wanted list in connection to a carjacking the suspect is alleged to have committed in 2006.

Albert Voute, 36, was serving a 170-month sentence for bank robbery by force of violence at United States Prison Big Sandy in Inez, Kentucky.

On Monday, Sept. 13, federal inmate Voute was released from USP Big Sandy to North Atlantic Extradition Services, a prisoner transport company, via an Interstate Agreement on Detainers (IAD). He was en route to the Bergen County Jail to voluntarily face the carjacking charges against him.

At 8 a.m. this morning, North Atlantic Extradition Services notified USP Big Sandy that inmate Voute had escaped around 2:15 a.m., when the transport van stopped at a fast-food restaurant in Falling Waters, West Virginia. The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office was notified at 9 a.m. and immediately entered the subject into the National Crime Information Center, which is accessible to every law enforcement agency in the country. Voute was also placed on federal escape status.

According to local reports, the suspect was able to remove his leg shackles and escape from the van, and was last seen running toward a field behind the Burger King restaurant, wearing an orange prison jumpsuit.

The U.S. Marshals Service, West Virginia State Police and local authorities are leading the search effort with the help of K-9 units and a Maryland State Police helicopter, according to local reports.

Voute is described as 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds. He has short black hair.

Voute may be headed back to New Jersey, where he has resided in the past. He has a history of robbery, assaults and weapons possessions, and should be considered extremely dangerous. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

To forward information anonymously to the BCSO through the BergenTip line, you can send the word ‘BergenTip’ and your message to “CRIMES” – or 274637 on your cell phone. On the web, a person with relevant information can go to and click near the top of the page to submit an anonymous tip.

Bergen County Sheriffs Office
10 Main St
Hackensack, NJ 07601

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