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Escaped prisoner gives himself up

Authorities seek to trace his whereabouts since fleeing jail

Hugo Selenski gave himself up three days after escaping from jail.
Hugo Selenski gave himself up three days after escaping from jail.

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WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- A man charged with murder who escaped from a county jail last week surrendered to authorities late Monday, officials said.

Hugo Selenski, 30, apparently returned to his own home and called his attorney Monday to say he wanted to turn himself in, but only to the detectives who had been involved in his case, authorities said.

Police took Selenski back into custody at 8:47 p.m, officials said. He was arraigned on felony escape and weapons charges, authorities said at a news conference Monday.

Selenski and his cellmate, Scott Bolton, 39, pulled out a window in a 7th-floor cell at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on Friday night and rappelled down a rope made of 12 bedsheets tied together, officials said.

Selenski got away, but Bolton fell five floors onto a roof and was recaptured. Bolton was in jail on theft and stolen property charges, according to the Pennsylvania State Police Web site.

Selenski is charged with two counts of murder in connection with the discovery of five burned bodies buried in his yard in June, authorities said. He pleaded not guilty to the two murder charges last week.

Prosecutors believe he was part of a conspiracy to rob and kill drug dealers.

Selenski was taken back into custody at a home in Kingston Township, his last known address. Police had gone to the home daily since his escape, but Monday afternoon, Selenski's girlfriend answered the door and would not let officers in, officials said.

Luzerne County District Attorney David Lupas said the suspect's lawyer later called police and arranged the surrender.

"There were no deals or anything of that nature offered or given to him in return for his surrender," he said.

Authorities want to know where Selenski has been since Friday night.

"Investigators are continuing to try to trace back his whereabouts, where he was, who he came in contact with, and whether anyone aided, abetted or assisted him or harbored him while he was considered a fugitive," Lupas said.

Earlier, the district attorney expressed frustration that Selenski managed to get out of jail in the first place.

"Quite frankly, I'm appalled by the fact that an individual in this day and age ... can simply pop out a window, climb out and run away from prison," Lupas said.

"They've got a lot of explaining to do and a lot of questions to answer," he said of the jail officials.

Warden Gene Fischi said he and other jail officials accept the blame for the incident.

"I want to assure the public it is a secure institution and the main facility ... we have determined that all cells and windows are secure," he said.

However, the warden said the facility is crowded, with nearly 500 prisoners in a space built for 250.


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