U.S. escape artist is back in custody

Fuerza Pública officers said Tuesday that they have captured the Michigan escapee who fled the immigration lockup in Hatillo here Sunday night.

The man, John Wesley Saatio, 35, had been living in Jacó after his escape from a Michigan law enforcement officer a year ago.

He was captured June 13 and then remanded to immigration officers even though he was an obvious escape risk.

Police said they found him Tuesday morning on a street in the low-income district of Los Guidos n Desamparados. He faces a 25-year sentence when he reaches the United States.

Saatio has a long record of convictions that include home invasion, probation violation and burglary. He escaped in Houghton County, Michigan, on the state’s upper peninsula June 19, 2015.

Officials here said that after he was arrested in Jacó the man, a registered sex offender, sought refugee status, but that was denied. As a refugee, he would not face extradition to the United States.

Officials are investigating the circumstances of his escape in Hatillo where he appears to have climbed though the roof.

John Wesley Saatio is led to police station for booking.

John Wesley Saatio is led to police station for booking.

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