Posted: Feb 6, 2013 3:45 PM
Updated: Feb 6, 2013 6:40 PM
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Corrections announced today a man who escaped the Garza East Unit in Beeville 16 years ago is now in custody in Mexico.
Juan Salaz, an American citizen, climbed three 16-foot tall razor wire topped security fences during his escape on March 22, 1997. Officials say they had information he had fled to Mexico after his escape.
"Salaz thought that he had eluded authorities by starting a new life in Mexico. He was wrong," said TDCJ Inspector General Bruce Toney. "This should be a reminder to those who think they can out run justice. We will never stop looking for you."
In 1995, Salaz and another man kidnapped a someone at gunpoint in Houston. During an operation to exchange the captive for ransom, Salaz and his co-defendant shot two Houston police officers. Both officers survived.
At the time of his escape, Salaz was serving a 35 year sentence for attempted capital murder of a police officer and aggravated kidnapping. He now faces a felony charge for the escape.
State officials say Salaz is awaiting extradition from Mexico.
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