A fugitive inmate who walked out of downtown Los Angeles' Twin Towers Correctional Facility three weeks ago was captured Wednesday night near a youth and family center in Santa Monica, authorities said.
Christopher Lee Brown, 37, was arrested "without incident" by Santa Monica police after a witness reported seeing a man who fit the escapee's description outside the Pico Youth and Family Center near Pico and Lincoln boulevards, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Quiana Birckbeck said.
Authorities said sheriff's detectives working in the area transported Brown back to the Twin Towers jail.
Officials said that Brown, posing as another inmate, had walked out of the jail's inmate reception center around 10 p.m. on March 12.
He had been sentenced earlier that day to four years and eight months in jail for stealing computer equipment from an Alhambra medical center, compromising the personal information of an estimated 729,000 patients.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors last month issued a $20,000 reward for information leading to Brown's arrest.
He is being held without bail and now faces a new charge of escape, Birckbeck said.