CANTON — Police have apprehended an escaped convict who has been on the run from law enforcement for two weeks, according to a news release.
Jerry Mercado, 25, of Connecticut was captured by Canton police after the agency was contacted by Connecticut State Police earlier today, according to Canton Police spokesman Officer Pacer Cordry.
According to the Connecticut Department of Correction, Mercado was serving three years since August 2016 for burglary in the third degree.
Connecticut State Police informed the agency Mercado made a phone call earlier Wednesday morning from the Chevron gas station located at 370 Marietta Road, Cordry said.
“Officers immediately responded to the area, confirmed the male was previously in the store and obtained a good description that was broadcast to all units,” he said.
In addition, the police made contact with Action Church members who said Mercado stayed at their facility Tuesday night, and it was their understanding he was coming back later Wednesday, Cordry said.
“At approximately 4:15 pm., the store clerk at the Chevron station called 911 to report the wanted person was back in the store,” he said. “A patrol corporal observed the wanted man in the store as other units converged to the location. At that time, the escaped prisoner was quickly taken into custody without further incident.”