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UPDATE: Escaped felon found, returned to custody

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Authorities say an escaped prisoner in suburban Des Moines has been captured.

Lt. Brent Long with the Polk County Sheriff's Office says 37-year-old Kenny Bevard was placed into custody Friday afternoon. Additional information was not available.

Authorities say Bevard was being driven Thursday to Adel in adjacent Dallas County for a court hearing in a burglary case. He was handcuffed when he got out of a Dallas County sheriff's vehicle. He reached a nearby wooded area.

Authorities say Bevard has served prison time for burglary and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.



Bevard escaped around 4:50 p.m. Thursday in Clive while being driven to Adel in adjacent Dallas County.

Authorities say Bevard was handcuffed when he got out and ran as the Dallas County sheriff's vehicle was stopped in traffic.

He reached a nearby wooded area. An automated phone message was sent to area residents about the escape.

Officers suspect Bevard soon stole a van from a truck stop. The van was found later in Urbandale.

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