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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.
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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.
WORLD
July 9, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Seven terrorism suspects escaped from a prison in the Saudi capital, a rarity in the tightly controlled kingdom. The Interior Ministry described the fugitives as religious extremists and said they had been arrested separately during the last year. An Interior Ministry spokesman said the six Saudis and one Yemeni had escaped from Malaz, one of the main prisons in Riyadh. Authorities warned citizens against providing the seven shelter or any other assistance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two people were arraigned Thursday in Superior Court on charges of helping three inmates to escape April 23 from the county jail in Otay Mesa. Leticia Gonzalez, 46, and attorney Benjamin Sanchez, 68, pleaded not guilty. Gonzalez is the mother of Joe Morales, one of the escapees; Sanchez represented another, Mark Estrada. Morales, 24, charged with murder, and George Munoz, 31, charged with child molestation, are still at large.
WORLD
June 6, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The governor of Greece's largest prison and three guards were suspended after two convicts escaped on a helicopter hijacked by a suspected bank robber, officials said. Justice Minister Anastasios Papaligouras accused officials at the maximum-security Korydallos Prison, west of Athens, of "lack of professionalism" leading to Sunday's breakout. Police have launched a search for Nikos Palaiokostas, 46, who with an unidentified accomplice allegedly forced the pilot to fly to the prison.
NATIONAL
June 6, 2006 | Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writer
Richard Lee McNair's job in the prison factory was mending U.S. mailbags. Thousands of the leather pouches were routinely delivered to the shop at the federal maximum-security penitentiary here, and the middle-aged convict worked quietly each day, helping to stitch them back up. Once the bags were refurbished, they were stacked on pallets, hundreds in a pile. McNair watched for four months as forklifts scooped up the pallets and hauled them to a warehouse just outside the prison walls.
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