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Inmate with Alexandria ties captured after escape

A Virginia prison inmate with ties to Alexandria escaped from a work gang Wednesday morning while doing landscaping work on the grounds of the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport but was found in the evening in the District, police said.

The prisoner, Karan Batra, who had been imprisoned for nonviolent crimes, was taken into custody just before 7 p.m., Virginia State Police said.

Karan Batra (Virginia State Police)

Batra escaped from the airport in Weyers Cave, south of Harrisonburg, around 10 a.m. He was wearing jeans and an orange shirt issued by the state Department of Correction, police said. According to the department’s web site, Batra was confined at Cold Springs Work Center in Greenville, Va., and was scheduled for release in August 2016.

Police and correctional officers said Batra has connections to Alexandria and the surrounding area in Northern Virginia.

Julie Zauzmer is a local news reporter.

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