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Escaped Convict Apprehended after Hitching Ride to Arrest Site

Santos Carrera-Morales

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A convicted murderer hitched a ride to a convenience store in the town of Russell, Kansas, where he was arrested after escaping from a county jail. Jon Quinday, Russell's police chief, told The Associated Press on Friday that escaped inmate Santos Carrera-Morales was taken into custody late Thursday by two police officers without incident at a store off of Interstate 70. Quinday said Carrera-Morales was north of Russell along Kansas 18 when he got his ride. Carrera-Morales is one of four prison inmates who escaped Wednesday morning from the Ottawa County Jail in Minneapolis. The inmates were being held there because of overcrowding at the state prison in Ellsworth. Two of the escaped inmates were apprehended Wednesday. One remains at large.

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