That U.S. fugitive who spent a year hiding in Jacó managed to escape briefly again in Florida.
The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office said deputies captured John Wesley Saatio late Sunday night. The man escaped from a private prison transport vehicle about 10:30 p.m. Saturday while it was passing through the county on Interstate 10, said the sheriff’s office. That generated a manhunt.
Law officers credited a citizen with spotting Saatio and reporting his whereabouts around 7 p.m. Sunday.
Deputies and three separate dog units followed the trail until they encountered the fugitive before 11 p.m., they said.
Saatio escaped while being transported in Michigan and eventually made his way to Costa Rica where he worked as a cook. After he was picked up here in early June, he tried to escape from the Fuerza Pública lockup in Jacó, and then he successfully fled the immigration lockup in Hatillo by breaking through bars on the ceiling.
He was then detained in Desamparados and extradited to the United States.
Santa Rosa County deputies said that when Saatio was detained there Sunday night they found two makeshift handcuff keys in his socks.
The 35-year-old Saatio was reported to have fled custody in Milton, Florida, after the transport crew stopped at a rest area for a bathroom break. Commentators in Florida said the transporting employees had not been briefed on Saatio’s history. He was believed on his way back to Michigan. Now Florida prosecutors might file charges.