Texas prison inmate Juan Salaz caught in Mexico after 16 years on the run

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This undated photograph purportedly shows Juan Salaz, who was caught by police in Mexico last week.

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AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Sixteen years after escaping from a Texas prison, Juan Salaz’s luck finally ran out.

The 37-year-old was arrested in Mexico last week and is awaiting extradition to the United States, the Associated Press reported.

Salaz was serving a 35-year sentence on charges of kidnapping and attempting to kill a police officer when he escaped from the Garza East prison in Beeville in South Texas in 1997.

He climbed over three 16-foot fences topped with razor wire and headed south across the border to a new life in Mexico, The Houston Chronicle reported.

"Salaz thought that he had eluded authorities by starting a new life in Mexico. He was wrong," Texas Department of Criminal Justice Inspector General Bruce Toney was quoted by My Fox Austin as saying.

"This should be a reminder to those who think they can out run justice. We will never stop looking for you."

Salaz will face a felony escape charge, which will probably extend his time behind bars. 
 

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