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Bomber serving life sentence escapes prison by melting window with battery acid, placing cardboard dummy in cell


Joseph Wilkinson

New York Daily News

The Las Vegas bomber who escaped prison last weekend has been captured while trying to catch a bus to Mexico.

Porfirio Duarte-Herrera, 42, had been missing from a southern Nevada prison since last Friday. He was serving a life sentence for killing a man by setting up a motion-activated bomb in a parking garage at the Luxor hotel and casino in 2007.

Cops got a tip that Duarte-Herrera was at a bus station in downtown Las Vegas, north of the Strip, on Wednesday night.

Duarte-Herrera was in line to board a bus before cops arrived, asked him to step out of line and detained him, according to video obtained by local CBS affiliate KLAS. Duarte-Herrera showed no resistance in the video.

The bus was headed to Tijuana, police said.

In 2007, Duarte-Herrera and another man, Omar Rueda-Denvers, planted a bomb in the Luxor parking garage that was intended for Rueda-Denvers’ ex-girlfriend, Caren Chali, and her new boyfriend, Willebaldo Dorantes Antonio. The bomb killed Dorantes Antonio, who was 27. Chali escaped unharmed.

Duarte-Herrera was doing time at Southern Desert Correctional Center, about 30 miles northwest of Las Vegas. A jail guards union president said that Duarte-Herrera escaped by using battery acid to break down his cell’s window frame, local Fox affiliate KVVU reported. He then put a cardboard dummy in his cell.

The guards didn’t realize Duarte-Herrera was gone until a Tuesday morning headcount. That gave him a four-day head start on authorities, but he still couldn’t make it across the border.

Cops are still investigating if and how Duarte-Herrera was helped in his escape.

With News Wire Services

Las Vegas Metro PD

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