Arizona inmates caught after breaking out of prison

Arizona inmates caught after breaking out of prison

January 28, 2021

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Two inmates who escaped from an Arizona prison over the weekend have been taken into custody Thursday, police say. 

John Charpiot and David Harmon were captured and arrested this morning by Coolidge Police and U.S. Marshals officers following multiple calls from local residents, including from two who said they “had a view of who they believed were the outstanding prison fugitives,” according to the Coolidge Police Department. 

“They are in custody, awaiting transport back to the Department of Corrections,” the department said in a statement. “Thank you to all citizens who helped in the capture of these fugitives.” 

John Charpiot, left, and David Harmon were captured Thursday morning. (Coolidge Police Department)

Further details about the location where they were captured were not immediately available. Harmon was seen bleeding from his head in an image released by police.

ARIZONA PRISON ESCAPEES HAD TRIED TO ROB BUSINESS, OFFICIALS SAY 

Charpiot and Harmon — who busted out of the Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence Saturday — tried to rob a business shortly afterward, authorities said earlier. 

Investigators had said both men have ongoing medical issues and may have wanted to visit drug stores or pharmacies. 

Two "medium custody" inmates — John Charpiot, center, and David Harmon, right — who escaped from an Arizona prison Saturday night tried to rob a business shortly after breaking out, officials said. 
(Arizona Department of Public Safety)

Charpiot was serving a 35-year sentence for molestation of a child and sexual abuse after being convicted in 2011. Harmon was sentenced in 2012 to 100 years in prison for kidnapping and second-degree burglary. 

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The pair escaped from the south unit of the prison after stealing tools from a utility room and cutting through a fence, FOX10 Phoenix previously reported. 

A $35,000 reward for each inmate had been offered for information leading to their capture. 

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace contributed to this report.

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