UPDATE: Escaped inmates from Talladega County recaptured


Mark Araujo, left, and Jacob Burnett. (Alabama Department of Corrections photos)

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UPDATE: Corrections officials say Burnett is back in custody.

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TALLADEGA COUNTY, Ala. – An inmate who escaped from the Childersburg Work Release Center Tuesday evening was caught in Boaz Wednesday afternoon, state corrections officials said.

Mark Araujo, 39, was caught at an apartment complex by Boaz police, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections. Jacob Burnett, also 39, was still on the loose Wednesday afternoon.

Officials said the two escaped around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections. They were captured on video at a Citgo station in Calera just before 9 p.m. They were driving a stolen white utility truck at the time, they said.

Burnett is 5 feet 9 inches tall and 190 pounds with red hair and green eyes. He was last seen wearing brown pants and dark-colored shirts.

Araujo was serving a 15-year sentence for theft in Walker County. Burnett was sentenced to 18 months in July for third-degree burglary in Shelby County.

Anyone who sees the men is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency or the Alabama Department of Corrections at 1-800-831-8825.



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