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Archive for Sunday, November 27, 2005

Two jail escapees on loose; seven others caught

November 27, 2005

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— Two jail escapees were captured Saturday after an anonymous tip led police to the attic of a relative's home, but two others were still at large after nine inmates broke out of a maximum security area of the Yakima County Jail.

The men broke through the ceiling of the four-story jail and used a rope made of bed sheets to climb down Friday evening, authorities said. Five were recaptured on the jail grounds, but four others got away.

Saturday morning, officers got a tip that led them to a Yakima home where a sister of escapee Santos Luera lives, Police Chief Sam Granato said. The officers searched the house and found both missing inmates in the attic.

Luera, 20, who was facing a Dec. 5 murder trial for the shooting death of his stepbrother, had a broken leg and was taken to a hospital. Terry Moser, 25, who had been charged with assault, was also back in custody.

"They were verbally combative. They weren't happy they had been captured," Granato said.

One of the two inmates still at large Saturday afternoon had been spotted Friday evening but escaped on foot before officers arrived, Granato said.

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