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Prison escapee is arrested in Palmdale

May 2, 2011 | 12:25 pm

A convicted drug dealer who escaped from Corcoran State Prison was arrested Monday in Palmdale, authorities said.

Ramon Michael Perez, 31, had been under surveillance and was taken into custody during a traffic stop about 1 a.m., a prison spokeswoman said.

The minimum-security prisoner, who was serving a six-year sentence for offenses that included burglary and vehicle theft, walked away from his work assignment at the prison dairy Friday night, the spokeswoman said in a statement.

Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in Lancaster assisted in the arrest, she said.

Located between Bakersfield and Fresno, Corcoran State Prison houses nearly 5,000 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security prisoners.

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