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Friday, April 20, 2012

All four escaped inmates from Ottawa County back in custody

Posted: April 20, 2012 - 8:50pm
Updated: April 21, 2012 - 3:42am


The Kansas Department of Corrections says that all four of the men who escaped in a Wednesday morning jail break have been taken back into custody.


Officials say that at 4:45 a.m., Wednesday, four men armed with homemade knives (also known as shanks) overpowered guards at the Ottawa County Detention Center in Minneapolis, Kansas. The men were able to exit the building where they stole a vehicle. A short time later one of the men was captured. The other three remained at large for more than 13 hours before any of the men were spotted again. All four of the men are Kansas Department of Corrections inmates who were farmed out to a smaller county jail due to prison overcrowding throughout the state of Kansas. The Ottawa County Detention Center is approximately 20 miles north of Salina.


Drew Edward Wade, who has convictions for aggravated battery and attempted robbery, was the first to be apprehended. Wade reportedly turned himself into Police at a North Platte, Nebraska after he called his father. Information released by KDOC says that Wade called his father from a Walmart parking lot. His father was able to convince him to go inside Walmart and turn himself in to local police. Wade reportedly entered the store, located a manager and asked him to call the Police. Officers responded and Wade was taken into custody around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Officers also recovered a mini-van which was stolen shortly after the escape. North Platte, Nebraska is approximately 240 miles away from the Detention Center that he escaped from.


Santos Carrera Morales was 17 when he was convicted of two counts of first degree murder in the March 2007 deaths of two Sedgwick County teenagers. Carrera Morales was spotted by an alert citizen at a convenience store in Russell, Kansas. The citizen alerted local Police who responded and apprehended Carrera Morales without further incident at 11:40 p.m. Thursday. Carrera Morales reportedly 'hitched' a ride to the area. Russell, Kansas is approximately 80 miles from the Detention Center that he escaped from.


Eric Jerome James has convictions for kidnapping during the commission of a crime, three counts of aggravated burglary and criminal damage to property. James was captured in Omaha, Nebraska around 5:30 p.m. Friday. Authorities also recovered a Nissan Altima, which was stolen just after the escape. Further details on James' apprehension have not been released as of this report.


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