LAWRENCE — Inmate Hector Gonzalez's escape from the Correctional Alternative Center ended about about 200 miles away, where he was captured after crossing the border from Connecticut into New York.
New York State Police were tipped off early Wednesday morning that Gonzalez, 25, of 350 Haverhill St., Lawrence, might be headed their way, after he walked out the front door of the minimum security jail off Marston Street — also known as The Farm — shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Gonzalez hopped into a gray Toyota Camry with a Massachusetts license plate, driven by his ex-wife Nevaeh Corres, 29, according to New York State Police. Their two young daughters, ages 2 and 4, were also passengers in the car that police pulled over at 3 a.m. on I-95 in the Village of Mamaroneck, N.Y., near the Connecticut-New York state line.
New York State Police said the couple were arrested without incident and taken to the State Police barracks in Tarrytown. The two children were released to family members, police said.
Gonzales and Corres were arraigned on felony charges as fugitives from justice and misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child. The two face additional charges once they are extradited back to Massachusetts. Gonzalez faces a charge of escape from a correctional facility and Corres will be charged with aiding and abetting an escaped inmate.
Massachusetts investigators were able to identify Corres from video footage they had of the escape.
Gonzalez has been in the Sheriff’s Department’s custody since January 31, according to Assistant Superintendent Maurice E. Pratt of the Sheriff’s Department. He was transferred to the Farm on Feb. 3 and was being held pretrial status on $1,000 cash bail, on the charge of drug distribution of cocaine and was due to appear in Lawrence District Court on March 31.