Kansas Murderer Caught After Jailbreak; One Inmate Still At Large
(RUSSELL, Kan.) — A double murderer who escaped from a Kansas jail has been recaptured, authorities said on Friday.
Santos Carrera-Morales was taken into custody in Russell, Kansas, at 11:38 p.m. on Thursday, according to Jeremy Barclay, spokesperson for the Kansas Department of Corrections.
Carrera-Morales, 22, was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in 2008. No immediate details were available regarding the apprehension.
Eric James, 22, is the last of four inmates to remain at large after the Wednesday morning jailbreak. James was convicted on three counts of aggravated burglary and one count of kidnapping, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections.
Authorities are cautioning the public not to approach James, who is considered armed and dangerous.
The four inmates escaped from a holding cell at Ottawa County Jail in Minneapolis, Kan., early Wednesday morning after complaining to guards about a broken water line above their cell. While one guard went to check on the situation, the men were then able to overpower the lone remaining guard using homemade knives, Ottawa County Sheriff Keith Coleman told The Salina Journal. The second guard returned to help fend off the inmates. Both guards suffered minor injuries, he said.
One inmate was quickly apprehended. The second inmate, Drew Wade, turned himself in to authorities 240 miles away in North Platte, Neb., authorities said on Wednesday.
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