American Who Escaped Overcrowded Prison in Bali is Recaptured

Chrishan Beasley on Monday at Kerobokan Prison after his recapture.
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Nearly a week after escaping from a notoriously overcrowded prison in Bali, an American citizen arrested in August on drug charges is back in police custody.

Chrishan Beasley, 32, was recaptured on the island of Lombok, Indonesia, about 100 miles east of where he had been awaiting trial, in Kerobokan Prison. The Indonesian police say they seized Mr. Beasley on Saturday in front of a budget hotel in the tourist town of Senggigi.

“We got him around 9:30 p.m. local time in a street outside of a homestay,” said Yudith Satria Hanata, the police chief in the Badung region, where the prison is located.

Overcrowded and underfunded, Indonesia’s prisons have seen hundreds of escape attempts of varying success this year. Most dramatic was a prison break in May when 440 inmates at a prison in Sumatra reportedly escaped when they were released from Friday Prayer.

In June four prisoners escaped from Kerobokan Prison after they tunneled under its outer wall. While two of the escapees were caught in East Timor a week later, Shaun Edward Davidson of Australia and Tee Kok King of Malaysia remain at large.

Mr. Beasley, a native of California, is believed to have sawed through the bars of his prison cell at about 4 a.m. on Dec. 11. He then clambered over the prison wall and lowered himself to the ground using a rope, officials say.

Mr. Beasley paid a local fisherman for the use of a boat to cross the channel separating the two islands, they said.

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SOURCE: NY Times, Jeffrey Hutton