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Corrections official says inmate who escaped from Las Vegas hospital recaptured

Updated April 11, 2017 - 10:33 am

An inmate who escaped from a Las Vegas hospital Monday night was found and taken into custody Tuesday near Kingman.

Jay Cantrell, 51, escaped from the Muri Stein Hospital, 6161 W. Charleston Blvd., by breaking a window about 6:40 p.m. Monday.

About 3:15 p.m., Nevada Corrections Department investigators from the Inspector General’s Office confirmed that Arizona law enforcement apprehended Cantrell near Kingman about 3:15 p.m.

Corrections Department spokeswoman Brooke Keast told the Las Vegas Review-Journal early Tuesday that Cantrell was recaptured but called back two hours later to say that she was mistaken and that Cantrell remains at large.

“We had a rearrest from a transitional housing community and mistook that as this inmate,” Keast said.

Cantrell was transferred to the hospital in March for a psychological evaluation, pending a trial for domestic violence-related charges, Keast said. He was previously housed in High Desert State Prison.

Cantrell has been in and out of prison multiple times, Keast said, and was last imprisoned in December for grand larceny and habitual criminal charges.

Review-Journal reporter Rio Lacanlale contributed to this report. Contact Max Michor at mmichor@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Follow @MaxMichor on Twitter.

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