Last Kansas Escapee Caught After Jailbreak

PHOTO: Santos Carrera-Morales, left and Eric James, two of four people who broke out of the Ottawa County Jail in Minneapolis, Kan. April 18, 2012.
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A double murderer who escaped from a Kansas jail earlier this week was recaptured without incident at a convenience store, authorities said today.

Santos Carrera-Morales, 22, was taken into custody in Russell, Kan., at 11:38 p.m. Thursday, according to Jeremy Barclay, spokesperson for the Kansas Department of Corrections.

The convicted murderer was apprehended after officers were called to investigate a "suspicious person".

Carrera-Morales gave officers a fictional name, said Jon Quinday of the Russell Police Department. During further investigation, officers realized Carrera-Morales was one of the escaped inmates and took him into custody without incident, he said.

Carrera-Morales and two friends were convicted of two counts of first degree murder for the March 2007 shooting deaths of Julio Morales, 16, and Adrian Vega, 18. Police said all of the men were gang members.

Eric James, 22, the last of four inmates to remain large after the Wednesday morning jailbreak was caught early tonight, according to Kansas City ABC News affiliate KMBC. He was caught in the vehicle that was reportedly used in the jailbreak.

James was convicted on three counts of aggravated burglary and one count of kidnapping, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections.

The four inmates escaped from a holding cell at Ottawa County Jail in Minneapolis, Kan., early Wednesday morning.

The inmates complained to guards about a broken water line above their cell. While one guard went to check on the situation, the men were able to overpower the lone 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.

"Whatever crimes they've committed are important to note, but in reality when they're trying to break free, there's no telling what could occur," Ben Gardner, Kansas Highway Patrol spokesperson, told the Associated Press.

The inmates all had medium-security status and were being housed in the jail, which is located 120 miles west of Topeka, due to prison overcrowding.

Kansas prison officials removed all inmates housed at the Ottawa County Jail on Thursday while authorities reassess security, Barclay said.

The 18 inmates, who were sent to the jail due to prison overcrowding, are being held at a state prison in Ellsworth.

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