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Inmate who escaped the Cuyahoga County Jail is back in custody

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Posted at 12:25 PM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 15:35:43-04

CLEVELAND — Ferdinand Torres-Vargas, the inmate who escaped custody from the Cuyahoga County Jail, has been caught by authorities, according to a county official.

Vargas was apprehended at around noon Thursday by Brooklyn police after a tip came into the hotline, according to a news release from the county. He is in the custody of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office. The $2,500 reward will be paid.

Torres-Vargas, 30, escaped from custody sometime Tuesday evening, prompting the jail to go into lockdown for an emergency head count.

Torres-Vargas was indicted in May on two counts of domestic violence and one count of disrupting public service, according to court records. The details of how Torres-Vargas escaped are not being released by the county.

U.S. Marshals and deputies from the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department searched neighborhoods looking for Torres-Vargas.

RELATED: Search is underway for inmate who escaped from the Cuyahoga County Jail; $2,500 reward available

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