Escapee With Skull-Faced Tattoo Is Captured

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STOCKTON, Calif. – An escapee with a skull-faced tattoo has been captured after a police K9 was deployed to take him into custody.

Based upon his highly identifiable tattoo, he shouldn’t have been hard to find. Yet the eccentric man enjoyed freedom longer than expected.

An escaped inmate with a skull tattoo on his face was found nearly a month after he escaped from a work crew in central California.

Corey Hughes, 27, was arrested at a home in Stockton on Thursday after he was reported missing Nov. 27.

He was found after the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Fugitive Task Force received a tip he was at the Stockton home, the Modesto Bee reported.

Officers set up a perimeter and knocked on the home’s door, but no one answered. Stockton police sent a police dog into the residence, and Hughes was taken into custody.

Although the police department did not indicate Hughes suffered K9 puncture wounds during apprehension, he was taken to a hospital before being booked into San Joaquin County Jail.

The tattooed man was sentenced on a weapons charge and was due to be released in February. He was serving time at the Honor Farm, located south of Stockton, which is a minimum-security facility that houses inmates who are usually low-risk and classified as non-violent.

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