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Two New Jersey Inmates In Custody Following Escape From Youth Detention Facility

Corey Agostarola and Michael Bentley (credit: New Jersey Department of Corrections)

Corey Agostarola and Michael Bentley (credit: New Jersey Department of Corrections)

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ANNANDALE, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) - The two inmates who escaped from a youth detention facility in western New Jersey earlier this month are now both back in custody.

A State Corrections Department spokesman said that 23-year-old Michael Bentley was captured around 4:45 a.m. on Sunday in Hardyston Township in Sussex County. That came after a high-speed police pursuit of a stolen car that Bentley allegedly was driving, and then a foot chase involving several law enforcement agencies and police canines.

Bentley’s arrest came about 36 hours after the other escaped inmate, 21-year-old Corey Agostarola, was found in Pine Hill on Friday night.

Both men were discovered missing from the Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility in Annandale on May 20th. At the time of their escape from the Hunterdon County facility, Agostarola had been in custody on burglary and weapons charges, while Bentley was being held on theft and burglary charges.

An investigation into how the escape occurred remains ongoing, authorities said on Sunday afternoon.

Corrections officials said that both Bentley and Agostarola will now face escape charges, which carry a three- to five-year prison sentence if convicted. Bentley was also charged with eluding, receiving stolen property and being a fugitive from justice, and additional charges are also likely to be filed against Agostarola.

Bentley suffered some dog bites during his apprehension and is being treated at a hospital. He was released later on Sunday morning and was being held at an undisclosed site.

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