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Prisoner John Riebesel Attempts Escape At Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport

04/27/12 06:16 AM ET AP

John Riebesel
US Airways employees had to help two Yavapai County sheriff's deputies detain 22-year-old John Riebesel, who attempted to escape custody at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport.

PHOENIX -- Authorities say a prisoner is back in custody after he was caught by airline workers while trying to escape at Phoenix's airport.

Police say 22-year-old John Riebesel was being extradited from Detroit when he managed to get away from two Yavapai County sheriff's deputies at Sky Harbor International Airport Thursday evening.

Other US Airways employees came to the aid of the first and detained him until police arrived.

The station says that he somehow removed an ankle bracelet that officers could have used to give him an electrical shock.

Authorities say Riebesel is accused of drug violations Yavapai County, and is now facing escape and other charges in Maricopa County.

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