A Fayette County jail inmate who freed himself from his handcuffs and escaped from an unlocked transport vehicle two weeks ago was recaptured Thursday.
Few details were released Thursday night about the capture of Mustafa Qasem. Lexington police found him at 6:43 p.m., according to a news release from the jail.
Qasem had been on house arrest pending trial on charges of trafficking in a controlled substance, tampering with a security device and possession of drug paraphernalia, authorities have said. He was taken into custody Sept. 5 because community corrections officers determined he had violated conditions of his house arrest.
En route to jail, he allegedly slipped out of his cuffs and opened the door to the transport vehicle, a Ford Crown Victoria, because the child safety locks were not engaged. He apparently ran to a nearby shop and used a sharp instrument to remove an ankle monitor.
He was being held Thursday at the Fayette County Detention Center on charges of escape, failure to appear in court, violating conditions of release, first-degree criminal mischief, possession of marijuana and possession or trafficking of Serentiy (a synthetic drug), the release said.