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Last of 4 Ottawa County Jail Escapees Captured in Nebraska

Eric James 2Eric James has been taken into custody. He is the last of a group of four men who escaped from the Ottawa County Jail earlier this week to be apprehended

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The last of four inmates who escaped from a north-central Kansas county jail this week is back in custody. The state Department of Corrections says 22-year-old Eric James was apprehended around 5:30 p.m. Friday in Omaha, Nebraska, and is now in the custody of Omaha police. Omaha police spokesman Michael Pecha says officers saw a gold 2002 Nissan Altima believed to have been stolen by the inmates in Minneapolis, Kansas, where they escaped on Wednesday morning. James was not inside the car, but officers made contact with the driver. That led them to a nearby house where they located James. He was arrested without incident.

Police are questioning the male who was driving the Nissan.

James was serving a state sentence for robbery and other crimes when he and three fellow inmates escaped from the Ottawa County Jail in Minneapolis, Kan., about 120 miles west of Topeka.


*****this story was updated. The prior version of this story, which aired on KPR prior to the capture of Eric James, may be found below. ****** 


Police have now picked up three of the four inmates who escaped from the Ottawa County jail. Convicted double murderer Santos Carrera-Morales was apprehended in Russell late last (THUR) night. Jeremy Barclay is a spokesperson for the Department of Corrections.

Authorities continue to hunt for 22-year-old Eric James, who may have been driving a stolen 2002 gold Nissan Altima with Kansas tags. James is a black male with a cornrow-type hair style. He's approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds. James is serving time for an aggravated robbery and kidnapping conviction in Anderson County.

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