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Inmate 'had outside help' after escaping from Stillwater Prison

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The man who walked away from Stillwater Prison last week is still on the loose – and had help making his escape.

Patrick James Buswell, 40, was part of a works crew at the minimum security area of the prison, in Bayport, when he walked away while mowing a lawn at about 10:30 a.m. Friday.

A spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Corrections told BringMeTheNews that investigators are "following leads" that have so far revealed Buswell had help escaping the area.

"We have determined he had assistance from the outside, and we anticipate charges will be brought against that person when he is apprehended."

The DOC will not release any further information about the search effort at this stage nor what other agencies it is working with "so as not to jeopardize the apprehension."

Buswell is described at 5-feet, 6-inches tall, a white male with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

He is serving a 60-month sentence for a weapons offense and has been in the state prison system since Jan. 5. He was due to supervised release on Jan. 2, 2018.

People have been warned not to approach Buswell if they see him, but to call 911 or the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 651-429-9381.

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