Prisoner escapes minimum security, now faces hard time

Posted: October 26, 2012

A convicted robber who fled a New Jersey minimum security facility last night and was captured hours later now faces time in maximum security.

Josue Burgos, 33, was in the midst of a 14 year sentence when he fled Bayside State Prison in Leesburg, Cumberland County about 8 p.m. last night, said Danielle Hunter, spokeswoman for the New Jersey Department of Corrections.

Bayside is situated on 1,148 acres of woods and farmland in rural South Jersey, about 17 miles south of Vineland. Hunter said Burgos was captured about 11:45 p.m. two miles from the facility, but she was not sure of an exact location.

Burgos was tracked by a K-9 unit and found in woods along Route 47.

Hunter said the circumstances of the escape were still under investigation and had no additional details.

After his capture, Burgos was transported to New Jersey State Prison, the state's only completely maximum security institution.

Records show the 6 feet tall, 170 pound Burgos was incarcerated in May, 2006 for a robbery out of Cumberland County. His sentence was set to expire in April 2014.

Now, he faces three more years in much tougher conditions.

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