Officials catch escaped offender from community corrections center in Delaware

He was last seen wearing a long-sleeved grey sweatshirt, grey sweatpants, a blue cap, white sneakers, and black socks.

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (WPVI) -- Delaware authorities apprehended an escaped offender on Friday who failed to return to a correctional center after leaving on a work pass.

The Delaware Department of Correction say Thomas Rothwell, 36, willingly walked away from the Plummer Community Corrections Center in Wilmington on Thursday.

Rothwell originally left the facility on an approved work pass.

Officials issued a warrant for escape after conviction on Rothwell.

Rothwell was apprehended Friday when he turned himself in to authorities, officials say. Now court information is pending.

Community corrections centers are Level 4 facilities where state officials manage offenders who are transitioning back into society, officials say.

These centers are different from Level 5 prisons in several ways. Offenders in Level 4 centers can leave the facility to go to work, seek jobs or attend approved treatment sessions.

Rothwell's current offense is listed as stalking.