Escaped Shawnee County inmate apprehended

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Law enforcement officers have apprehended a state prisoner who walked away from a work release program in Shawnee County.

Department of Corrections spokesman Jeremy Barclay says 25-year-old David Kerth escaped Sunday morning.  He was caught by the Topeka Police Department without incident around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

WIBW reports that Kerth was jailed in 2007 for a Douglas County robbery and entered the state corrections system for a 2012 probation violation. He was working at a Shawnee County processing plant as part of a state work release program.

The county is responsible for transporting work release inmates to and from their work.

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