Escaped Iowa inmate found in Sioux City Target

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an inmate who escaped while on a Sioux City work release has been found at a nearby Target.

An Iowa Department of Corrections spokesman tells the Sioux City Journal ( ) that 22-year-old Melvin William Spencer III was taken back into custody Tuesday night.

Authorities say Spencer escaped custody Sunday by not returning to a residential treatment facility from a weekend furlough. He is serving a seven-year sentence for intimidation with a dangerous weapon and carrying weapons. He began his sentence in 2012 and was transferred to work release in June.

The spokesman says it wasn’t clear what Spencer was doing at the store. He says parole officials will review whether to revoke Spencer’s work release.

It’s unclear if additional charges have been filed.

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