MEDAN, Indonesia – Authorities on the Indonesian island of Lombok have recaptured a United States citizen accused of drug trafficking who escaped last week from Kerobokan prison, on the island of Bali, officials said on Monday.
Christian Beasley, who was arrested in August for possession of five grams of hashish and was awaiting trial, had been on the run since escaping from prison last Monday.
“He was captured in Senggigi, in East Lombok on Friday,” police chief Yudith Satriya Hananta, of Bali’s Bandung district, confirmed to EFE.
Hananta said that Beasley did not offer any resistance during his arrest.
Lombok is located in eastern Bali, and Senggigi beach is 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Kerobokan prison.
Beasley escaped through the roof of his cell in the early hours of Monday morning, and climbed down the prison wall with the help of a ladder and a rope.
The authorities were still investigating whether he had any help during his escape.
In June, four foreigners escaped from Kerobokan through a tunnel: two of them remain missing while the other two were captured three days later in East Timor, more than 1,100 km east of Bali.
The Kerobokan prison is designed to accommodate only 323 inmates, but houses more than 1,500, according to Security Director from Corrections, Sutrisman.
In May, 450 prisoners escaped from a prison in Sumatra island after the number of the guards were reduced.
Jailbreaks are relatively common in Indonesia, where most of the prisons are overpopulated and there is insufficient security personnel to keep them in check.