MIAMI (CBSMiami) — He had already served 14 years of a 20-year prison sentence.
On December 8, 2023, Marv Hubbard would have been a free man. Following Wednesday’s escape attempt, the 40-year-old will see that day come and go from a jail cell.
Craig Black watched as police took down Hubbard.
“They were ecstatic,” he said. “They were happy, you know, to get their man.”
At the time, Black had no idea it was the escaped inmate authorities had been hunting down since he walked away from a community inmate work program.
Police caught up with Hubbard at the Farmshare off S.W. 320th Street and 141st Avenue. He was wearing a new change of clothes.
“I wait here to go to work every day,” said Black. “The guy was on the ground over here, I didn’t know why or what reason or anything.”
The massive manhunt brought together several police agencies searching by air and on foot and a police perimeter was set up from S.W. 312th Street to S.W. 328th Street, and from S.W. 147th Avenue to S.W. 137 Avenue.
Investigators kept a tight lip on what tipped them off to Hubbard’s location, however.
“They been working all night, tirelessly following up using investigative techniques, which I’m not going to discuss,” said Homestead Police’s Det. Fernando Morales.
Det. Morales said they were concerned about the mindset of a man nearing the end of a long sentence willing to risk an escape.
“A person who is willing to do this, what else is he willing to do,” asked Det. Morales.
Hubbard was in custody at the Dade Correctional Institution located in Florida City and began serving his sentence in August 2007 for burglary of an occupied home. He was assigned to the community work program in August 2016.