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Inmate who escaped 30 years ago is captured in Azusa

Carlos Campos over the years
An inmate who escaped nearly 30 years ago was captured Thursday in Azusa, authorities said.

Carlos Campos, 50, was convicted of second-degree burglary in Los Angeles County. He escaped in August 1983 while on a work furlough program, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

While on the run, Campos lived as Carlos Hererra, an identity he purchased, authorities said.

Special agents from the department of corrections tracked Campos down after discovering that he had been arrested in 1993 for assault with a deadly weapon. He was placed on probation, but state corrections authorities were not notified, the department said in a statement.

Agents finally found Campos comparing fingerprints on law enforcement databases.

Campos was taken to the state prison in Chino for processing.


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Photos: Carlos Campos in 1983, in a recent DMV photo and Thursday after he was apprehended. Credit: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

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