Texas prison escapee in cuffs after 16 years on lam
APHOUSTON -- A Texas prison escapee on the run for almost 16 years has been captured by authorities in Mexico and awaits extradition to the U.S. to finish serving his sentence on charges of attempted capital murder of a police officer, state Department of Criminal Justice officials said Wednesday.
February 8, 2013, 4:28 pm TWN
Juan Salaz was apprehended last week. The 37-year-old American citizen had been sought for years by authorities on both sides of the border.
Salaz escaped the night of March 22, 1997, from the Garza East prison in South Texas by climbing over three 16-foot (5-meter) fences all topped with razor wire.
At the time, he was serving three concurrent 35-year sentences for aggravated kidnapping with a deadly weapon and two counts of attempted capital murder of a police officer for a 1995 incident involving two officers in Houston, Texas.
He now also faces a felony escape charge besides serving the remainder of his sentence.