Texas Prison Escapee Caught After 16 Years

Authorities found him in Mexico
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2013 3:23 PM CST
This undated photo taken by Mexican authorities shows Juan Salaz.   (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)

(Newser) – A Texas inmate who escaped from prison nearly 16 years ago has been caught in Mexico, reports the Houston Chronicle. Juan Salaz, a 37-year-old US citizen, climbed a 16-foot fence outside a San Antonio prison in 1997 and made his way to a new life in Mexico. It's not clear how he got caught, but authorities in both countries were on the case. Salaz was serving a 35-year sentence for, among other things, trying to kill a police officer, reports Fox News. His capture leaves Texas with one remaining fugitive inmate: Convicted murderer Jose Fernando Bustos-Diaz, 24, busted out in 2010. (Read more fugitive stories.)

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