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2 inmates who escaped JoCo center caught

Posted: 5:10 AM, Oct 01, 2015
Updated: 2015-10-01 10:10:32Z

Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday afternoon caught two suspects who escaped from the Sheriff’s Office Residential Center earlier this year.

Mark Edwin Whitlock, 35, of Prairie Village, Kan., was arrested on suspicion of aggravated escape and two counts of a probation violation. His bond was set at $23,000, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

A Johnson County criminal complaint states Whitlock escaped the Department of Corrections on Sept. 21.

Court documents indicate he was being held at the Residential Center in connection with a theft and other escape attempts.

Christopher James Foster, 22, of Gardner, was also arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of aggravated escape and probation violation. His bond was set at $20,000.

A Johnson County criminal complaint states Foster escaped the Department of Corrections’ Residential Center on March 26. Court documents indicate he was being held at the Residential Center in connection with a theft case.

The Johnson County Residential Center is a minimum security detention housing facility.

Its objective is to reintegrate former inmates back into the community, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office website.

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