Escapee caught 16 years after Texas prison break

Feb 7, 2013 - by - 0 Comments

Feb. 7, 2013 Houston Chronicle

A man who escaped from a Texas prison 16 years ago has been captured in Mexico, authorities said Wednesday.

Juan Salaz, an American citizen, was captured last week and remains in Mexico awaiting extradition, authorities said.

Salaz escaped on March 22, 1997 from the Garza East Unit in Beeville, southeast of San Antonio. He was serving three concurrent 35 years sentences for two counts of attempted capital murder of a police officer and aggravated kidnapping with a deadly weapon.

He climbed over three 16-foot razor wire topped security fences.

As recently as three years ago, investigators suspected Salaz was is in the vicinity of Monterrey, Mexico. At that time, investigators said they suspected Salaz has crossed back and forth between Mexico and Texas with help from family in Houston.

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