Lionel Clah, second New Mexico prison van escapee, arrested in Albuquerque: Cops
The second of two inmates who escaped from a prison van in New Mexico on Wednesday has been captured in Albuquerque, police said Saturday, less than a day after his fellow fugitive was nabbed.
Lionel Clah, 29, was arrested at about 3 p.m. local time Saturday (4 p.m. ET), the Albuquerque Police Department said.
The other escapee, Joseph Cruz, 32, was caught Friday following a brief foot chase near the University of New Mexico campus shortly after 5:30 p.m. local time, said New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas.
Lionel Clah, right, and Joseph Cruz escaped while being transported to a New Mexico prison. New Mexico Department of Corrections
The first arrest happened just hours after police announced the manhunt was expanding and warned anyone against providing assistance to the escapees.
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The two prisoners fled from a police van while being transported from Roswell to Las Cruces by the New Mexico Department of Corrections.
The U.S. Marshals said the search had grown to Texas and California, and were offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture of either man.
Cruz was sentenced in 2006 for murder in the first degree, attempted murder and child abuse.
Clah is serving time for armed robbery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and assault with intent to commit a violent felony upon a peace officer.