Escapee from Edmonton women’s prison arrested in Calgary

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Calgary police have arrested a 22-year-old woman who managed to escape an Edmonton women’s prison last week.

Police received a tip early Friday night that the escapee was near a southeast Calgary strip mall. Officers arrested her in the area.

Edmonton police said in a news release on Sept. 17 the woman climbed over the fence at the Edmonton Institution for Women, located at 111 Avenue and 178 Street, around 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 and then fled on foot. Officers along with the canine unit were unable to find her.

Cierra Childress was charged in July with theft of a motor vehicle, failing to stop after an accident, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possession of property over $5,000 and operation while prohibited. She was scheduled to make a plea in Calgary in October.

She is currently in custody in Calgary awaiting possible new charges, police said.

The Edmonton Institution for Women is a “fenced multi-level” federal minimum-medium and maximum institution, according to the Government of Canada’s description of the facility. It opened in 1995 and holds up to 110 inmates.

jlabine@postmedia.com

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