Escaped Prisoner Caught Behind Burger King During Hialeah Manhunt
Juan Preval could smell freedom, or at least freedom fries.
The 28-year-old escaped prisoner was caught hiding in a drainage canal behind a Burger King yesterday. His discovery ended a 90 minute manhunt that saw police reroute traffic along the Gratigny Parkway and Red Road.
Preval was roughly two-thirds the way through a nine year sentence for burglary. He now faces extra time for his escape.
Preval was living in the state's minimum-security Opa-Locka Work Release Center, where inmates are allowed to work in the community during the day and return to the release center at night.
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According to CBS Miami, he was caught with contraband on Tuesday. Instead of getting shipped to a higher-security prison, he took off.
Corrections officers and police put the area into lockdown. An hour and a half later, a k-9 unit found Preval hiding in a ditch behind a Burger King.
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