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Central Falls police chief 'troubled' by prison escape

The police chief in Central Falls says he is "deeply troubled" by the escape of a prisoner at the city's privately run detention center.

James Morales escaped from the Wyatt Detention Facility on New Year's Eve and was captured Thursday.

In a city council meeting on Monday, council members grilled Col. James Mendonca on why police did not alert residents.

Mendonca told them it was because it took hours for corrections officers to discover he was gone, and then another hour and 13 minutes to alert authorities. He says by the time police found out, it was clear Morales was already in Massachusetts and there was no imminent danger in Central Falls.

Mendonca says the prison should have notified police of the escape much sooner.

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