U.S. inmate back in custody after making Valentine's escape through razor wire
Inmate Joseph Andrew Dekenipp is seen in an undated photo provided by the Pinal County, Ariz., Sheriff's Office.
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, February 15, 2014 11:45AM EST
PHOENIX -- An Arizona jail inmate who escaped by climbing two walls and crawling through razor wire and was reportedly meeting his sweetheart on Valentine's Day is back in custody.
The Pinal County Sheriff's office says in a release that inmate Joseph Andrew Dekenipp was caught a few hours after he escaped Friday from the county detention centre.
The office says he would undergo treatment for serious cuts he got from the wire before being returned to the lockup.
The Arizona Republic reports that the 40-year-old Dekenipp was arrested without incident after he arrived at a Coolidge saloon and grill where he was to meet his girlfriend. Coolidge is about 55 kilometres southeast of Phoenix.
Dekenipp has been in jail since his arrest Jan. 10 on suspicion of vehicle theft, trafficking in stolen property, unlawful flight, and driving on a suspended license.
Officials say he is now facing an escape charge.