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.

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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