Escaped Conn. inmate captured at his own birthday party

Forenza Rakeem Murphy, 31, escaped nearly two months ago from a Connecticut Department of Corrections halfway house


By Alexis Stevens
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

MCDONOUGH, Conn. — A Connecticut inmate who escaped nearly two months ago was arrested Saturday as his family was hosting his birthday party, according to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Forenza Rakeem Murphy, 31, was serving time on a robbery charge at a Connecticut Department of Corrections halfway house in Bridgeport when he left without permission on Aug. 8, police said.

Forenza Rakeem Murphy, 31, was apprehended Saturday at his own birthday party.
Forenza Rakeem Murphy, 31, was apprehended Saturday at his own birthday party. (Photo/Screenshot)

Saturday afternoon, Henry deputies learned Murphy was at a family member’s house in McDonough, the sheriff’s office said. He was arrested at 4:15 p.m. as relatives were setting up for Murphy’s birthday party.

“If you make your way into Henry County, we’re going to get on your trail and we won’t stop until you’re caught,” Sheriff Reginald B. Scandrett said in an emailed statement. “It was a great collaborative effort with The Connecticut DOC that led to the apprehension of Murphy.”

According to the Connecticut DOC, Murphy’s birthday was Sept. 24. In October 2019, he was sentenced to four years for violating his parole, the DOC’s website states. Murphy previously spent four years behind bars following a conviction for robbery, records showed.

Murphy was being held late Saturday at the Henry jail.

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