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Las Vegas police catch inmate who escaped from prison while serving life for fatal bombing

Porfirio Duarte-Herrera, 42, was taken into custody “without incident," police tweeted.
The Southern Desert Correctional Center in Indian Springs, Nev.
The Southern Desert Correctional Center in Indian Springs, Nev.Google Maps

Las Vegas police have apprehended a man who escaped from prison this week while he was serving a life sentence for a deadly 2007 explosion outside a Las Vegas Strip resort.

Patrol officers took Porfirio Duarte-Herrera, 42, into custody "without incident," police said on Twitter at around 10:30 p.m. local time Wednesday (1:30 a.m. ET Thursday).

It is not yet clear what led up to the arrest or how authorities tracked down Duarte-Herrera, who had been on the run since at least Tuesday. Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Duarte-Herrera escaped from the Southern Desert Correctional Center in Indian Springs and was discovered missing during the 7 a.m. count Tuesday, the state Corrections Department said.

Search teams had been looking for Duarte-Herrera, whom the department described as a “medium-security inmate,” and a retake warrant was issued for his capture.

Police had announced just over two hours before Duarte-Herrera was taken into custody that federal authorities were offering a combined $30,000 reward for information leading to his capture. They had warned anyone who spotted him not to approach him and to call 911 immediately.

Gov. Steve Sisolak, who said in a statement this week that his office learned Tuesday that Duarte-Herrera had been missing since “early in the weekend," branded the incident "unacceptable." He said he had ordered the Corrections Department to launch a thorough investigation.

Duarte-Herrera, who arrived at the Corrections Department from Clark County in February 2010, had been serving a life sentence for murder with use of a deadly weapon.

He and Omar Rueda-Denvers were convicted of planting a pipe bomb that killed Willebaldo Dorantes Antonio, a hot dog stand vendor, in a parking structure of the Luxor hotel-casino in 2007.

Prosecutors said the motive was revenge against Dorantes Antonio, 24, who was dating Rueda-Denvers’ ex-girlfriend.

Rueda-Denvers, 47, remains behind bars at a separate state prison, according to Corrections Department records.