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WORLD
December 10, 2006 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
A nephew of Saddam Hussein serving a life sentence in a northern Iraqi prison escaped Saturday in what authorities believe might have been an inside job. Ayman Sabawi, the son of Hussein's half-brother, was captured last year during a raid near Tikrit, Hussein's hometown. He was convicted of possessing illegal weapons and manufacturing explosives for Sunni insurgents.
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WORLD
December 9, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 150 prisoners escaped from a state penitentiary in Cancun after hundreds of inmates overpowered guards with knives and bats in an effort to stop the transfer of a gang leader to another prison. Police had recaptured most of the men. Guards fatally shot three inmates during the riot, said a Red Cross official who received the bodies. Several prisoners and guards were wounded.
NATIONAL
December 3, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A convicted murderer who escaped from a work-release program 33 years ago was captured in Alabama, where he had been using his real name, U.S. Marshals announced Saturday. Billy Wayne Hayes, 57, was arrested by marshals and police Friday night in Dothan, Ala., nearly 350 miles from Nashville, where he had been imprisoned. Hayes was sentenced in 1968 to 10 years at the Tennessee State Prison for second-degree murder in Davidson County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
A tip to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Friday morning led to the capture of an inmate who had escaped the day before from the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic. Felix Stiglbauer, 24, walked away from an outdoor work detail at the detention center's North Facility shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday. Stiglbauer was found shoeless and dehydrated about 7:45 a.m. Friday, walking on rural Lake Hughes Road, about three miles north of Ridge Route Road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2006 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
Law enforcement authorities were searching late Thursday for two potentially dangerous escapees who slipped away in separate incidents. One was an inmate who escaped from Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, and the other was a suspected parole violator who fled shortly after being detained in Paramount. The inmate, who was identified as Felix Stiglbauer, walked away from his work assignment at Pitchess' North Facility shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday.
WORLD
October 25, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A group of prisoners convicted of involvement in the 2001 assassination of former Congolese President Laurent Kabila escaped from jail in Kinshasa, officials said. Prison director Dido Kitunga said 11 inmates escaped. An army official said the prisoners had bribed jail officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly known as Zaire.
WORLD
October 17, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Two suspected terrorists who were being detained under strict conditions resembling house arrest have escaped, officials said Monday. An unidentified British man accused of trying to travel to Iraq to fight alongside insurgents is thought to have fled through a window of a London mental health unit two weeks ago. Officials said the second suspect, an Iraqi, was on the run after escaping several months ago.
NATIONAL
September 2, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Two state troopers staking out the home of an escaped convict's ex-girlfriend in the rural town of Pomfret were shot in an ambush, and authorities were searching for the fugitive. Neither trooper saw the gunman when they were shot Thursday evening, and neither returned fire, but one was able to radio for help, State Police Superintendent Wayne Bennett said. Both officers were hospitalized in critical condition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A suspected child molester who escaped from a county jail in April has been arrested in Mexico and returned to San Diego, authorities said. George Joseph Munoz, 31, faces three counts of lewd acts on a child under 14. He escaped with two other inmates through a hole in the fence surrounding a recreational area at the George F. Bailey Detention Facility, located a few miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border.
WORLD
August 19, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Twenty inmates, many of them held on homicide, rape or robbery charges, escaped from a jail in the western state of Jalisco after overpowering guards and taking their keys, Mexican authorities said. Two inmates were later captured and the guards were under investigation. The escape took place in Zacoalco de Torres, about 40 miles southwest of Guadalajara, an official said.
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