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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) – An escaped prison inmate charged with two murders and suspected of others surrendered to police at his home Monday night after three days on the run, a state police spokesman said.

Hugo Selenski, who escaped Friday night from the Luzerne County Correctional Facility by climbing down a 60-foot rope of knotted bedsheets, was taken into custody at 8:45 p.m. after his attorney called to arrange the surrender, said Trooper Tom Kelly, spokesman for state police in Wyoming, Pa.

Selenski, 30, was taken to the Wyoming station for processing on escape charges.

Selenski and cellmate Scott Bolton climbed down a rope assembled from 12 prison-issue sheets. Bolton fell and was captured on a rooftop, critically injured.

Selenski is charged with killing two people whose remains were exhumed from the yard of his home outside Wilkes-Barre. He also is a suspect in the deaths of three others whose bodies were also recovered from his property.

The escape occurred near the end of a two-hour period during which cells are unlocked and inmates in the maximum security unit are permitted to leave them and socialize.

Selenski and Bolton, 39, walked into another inmate’s unoccupied cell and removed the same window that was taken out in a failed 1989 escape attempt, the prison warden said.

Wilkes-Barre is located 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia.


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