Joshua Gullat, his mother, and children enjoyed a meal at IHOP after an eventful night on November 12.
WSBTV reports that earlier that night, Gullat escaped from the county jail where he was serving time for burglary.
According to the Heard County Sheriff’s Office, he was mopping floors and cleaning the bathrooms when he quietly left out of one of the side doors at the jail around 11:30 p.m. that night.
Even though Gullat was successful in pulling a “disappearing act,” he also had a little help. His mother, Kathy Pence, was his accomplice and driver of the getaway car.
Sgt. Dan Boswell said just before Gullat’s escape he made a phone call to his mother instructing her on where and when to pick him up.
However, before she got there she was stopped by police for running a stop sign. Police were alerted of the phone call and took her tag information.
Authorities were able to find both Gullat and his mother by tracking Pence’s cellphone. They were found eating, along with two of Gullat’s children, at a booth at IHOP.
According to Boswell, when authorities got to the restaurant, Gullat was eating with his family:
“He said they were sitting at the table eating. He was sitting with two of his kids at the table. His mom, him and two of his children,”
The children are now back with their mother, according to detectives.
With his escape, Gullat may have ruined his chances of being transferred. According to the authorities, he was about to be transferred to a work-release program.
However, he and his mother may now be facing prison time.