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Report: Penitentiary escapee caught in Mitchell

According to a Daily Republic reporter on the scene, law enforcement authorities have captured an escapee from the Sioux Falls penitentiary in Mitchell.

The state Department of Corrections was searching for a state prison inmate who walked away from Unit C, the minimum-security unit of the Jameson Annex to the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls.

Inmate Davis Bull Bear was last seen at Unit C on the evening of July 30. He is a 19-year old Native American with black hair brown eyes. He is 5-feet-9 inches tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds.

Police were searching for Bull Bear in the Dakota Wesleyan University area of Mitchell this morning. The capture appeared to occur just west of DWU.

Bull Bear is serving a five-year sentence for third-degree burglary out of Bennett County.

The minimum-security units across the state house an average of more than 1,000 inmates daily. Unit C currently houses 288 inmates. Between 2,000 and 2,500 inmates are processed through the minimum-security units each year.