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Police capture two Salem prison escapees; neck tattoo helped lead to second arrest

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Justin Carnes, William McGinnis (Oregon Department of Corrections booking photos) Justin Carnes, William McGinnis (Oregon Department of Corrections booking photos)
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

Two Salem prison escapees were captured after two days on the run Thursday. 

An Oregon State Police detective spotted Justin Carnes and William McGinnis in south Salem at around 12:30 p.m.

He ran after them, but the men initially managed to get away. A large perimeter was established and Carnes was captured at around 2:30 p.m. in the backyard of a home near Kuebler Boulevard and Sunnyside Road with the assistance of a Salem Police Department K-9 team.

McGinnis was not found until 6 p.m.

Police said someone recognized McGinnis by his neck tattoo in a McDonald's restaurant near Commercial Street and Kuebler Boulevard. The witness called 911 and stayed on the line providing updates as McGinnis left McDonald's and went to a nearby Applebee's restaurant. 

Police said when officers arrived at Applebee's, McGinnis ran through the kitchen and out the back exit where he was captured by law enforcement. 

The Oregon Department of Corrections said both inmates from the Mill Creek Correctional Facility walked away from separate work crews in Salem on Tuesday.

Carnes had been working on the grounds at the Oregon State Penitentiary, while McGinnis was assigned to Salem's Bush Park.

Carnes' earliest released date had been February 2020. McGinnis was set for a possible release in April 2017.  

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