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May 19, 2013

Missing 'Farm' prisoner found in apartment

LAWRENCE — Essex County Sheriff’s Department deputies captured a missing prisoner yesterday, less than 24 hours after he walked away from the Correctional Alternative Center grounds.

An investigation by deputies led to an apartment building in the city where they found Luis Torres, 38, with a woman at about 10:30 a.m. He was arrested without incident, according to Assistant Superintendent Maurice E. Pratt of the Sheriff’s Department.

“He will face charges for escape from a correctional facility,” Pratt said.

Torres had just been transferred from the Essex County Jail in Middleton on Friday and disappeared several hours later from the minimum security jail off Marston Street, which is commonly known as “The Farm.” He has been in the custody of the Essex County Sheriff’s Department since May 11 after violating his probation due to recent drug charges.

“He will be going back to Middleton and will be arraigned on the new charge next week,” Pratt said.

“The lady he was with had outstanding warrants and was also taken into custody,” he said. Pratt had no details on the woman’s identity or the outstanding charges she faced.

Torres was a “pre-trial” prisoner at “The Farm,” facing three counts of larceny over $250 and Class E drug possession.

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