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UPDATE: Second work release escapee tasered during arrest; back in custody

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Police have arrested Jared Brooks after he didn't return from his work release over the weekend.

According to Waterloo Police, police arrested Brooks around 9:45 p.m. Monday at Franklin and Elm Streets during a traffic stop of a vehicle in which he was a passenger.

According to Cpt. Dave Mohlis, Brooks gave officers a fake name during the traffic stop. Police asked him to get out of the car, and keep his hands on the car. When police attempted to arrest him, he resisted arrest, and officers tasered Brooks to gain control.

He was then handcuffed on the ground and taken to jail.

Cpt. Mohlis says the driver of the vehicle was released at the scene.


UPDATE: Darius Caston is back in custody in the Black Hawk Jail according to the Cedar Valley Crimestoppers and the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office website.


Two men are still on the run after they failed to return to a Waterloo work release facility over the weekend.

The Iowa Department of Corrections placed Darius Caston and Jared Brooks on escape notice.

Caston was convicted following a 2009 shooting in Waterloo that injured three people. He was sentenced to 20 years.

Brooks was convicted following a 2012 shooting in Waterloo and was sentenced to 10 years.

With those violent crimes, many are asking why these two were on work release to begin with.

Officials says offenders that qualify for the work release program are looked over by the board of parole.

Individuals who come into the work release center check in and out and, depending on their offense, some get to go to work or see their family.

Workers are on the phones with employers working in conjunction with them, making sure these men show up to work.  And when they don't, that's when officials are called.

The ultimate goal is for these offenders to re-enter the community.

"Keep in mind, the majority of these folks in prison, they are coming back to our communities anyway," said Robert Ames, residential manager. "So prisons are full. They are looking at assessment tools. Like I say, they're not going to let anybody out who's probably been a disciplinary problem when they're in prison."

The people who are in the work release program are also required to work full time, pay rent and pay taxes.

KWWL's Ally Crutcher and Caitlin Harbach contributed to this report. 

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