Inmate Who Escaped From L.A. Jail is Apprehended in Santa Monica: Authorities

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An inmate who escaped from a Los Angeles jail three weeks ago was apprehended Wednesday night in Santa Monica, authorities said.


Christopher Lee Brown, 37, was apprehended on April 2, 2014, three weeks after escaping from a Los Angeles jail, authorities said. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

Christopher Lee Brown, 37, was taken into custody by Santa Monica police after an informant called L.A. County sheriff’s headquarters about 9:20 p.m. and said he had seen a man matching Brown’s description outside the Pico Youth and Family Center, sheriff’s Lt. David Oliva said in news release. The youth center is located near the intersection of Pico Boulevard and Lincoln Boulevard (map).

While speaking with the informant by phone, sheriff’s personnel contacted the Santa Monica Police Department, which dispatched patrol units and determined that the man at the location was Brown, according to Oliva. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

Detectives with the sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau, “who happened to be in the field searching for the suspect, immediately responded to” the Santa Monica Police Department and transported Brown to the Inmate Reception Center for booking, the news release said.

Brown had escaped from the facility, located in Chinatown, by impersonating another inmate on March 12, according to authorities. Earlier that day, he was sentenced to a four-year jail term for two counts of second-degree commercial burglary and one count of receiving stolen property.

He was being held without bail early Thursday, online records showed.

He will be charged with felony escape from a jail facility, authorities said.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors had offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to Brown’s capture. It was not immediately clear if the informant who called sheriff’s headquarters Wednesday night would receive the reward.

He is “a transient with no known address” and has multiple prior arrests for theft-related charges, the Sheriff’s Department said.