Oscar Alvarado, the accused murderer who escaped from the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Northeast Philadelphia on Thanksgiving, was recaptured yesterday, said police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore.
Members of the U.S. Marshals found Alvarado, 27, hiding out with two other people inside a room at the Neshaminy Motor Inn, on Old Lincoln Highway near Route 1 in Trevose, about 3 p.m., Vanore said.
Alvarado and his cohorts, whose names were not released, were unarmed.
Charges were expected to be filed late last night or early today against the man and woman who were holed up with Alvarado, Vanore said, noting that they likely helped him flee the area for a short time
Alvarado, 27, is the only prisoner to have escaped from CFCF, a massive complex that holds about 2,800 inmates.
Prison officials previously said that Alvarado had spent about 10 days planning his escape. He obtained an unauthorized pass to the prison's visiting area on Thanksgiving, even though he had no scheduled visitors.
Alvarado ditched his prison uniform and vanished between 3 and 6 p.m.
Prison officials noticed that he was missing during a 6 p.m. head count, and spent several hours searching CFCF's grounds, to no avail.
Prison officials previously said that they were unsure if Alvarado had received any help from inside CFCF.
A prison spokesman could not be reached for comment last night.
Alvarado is awaiting trial in the Oct. 21, 2008, murder of Marta Martinez-Lozada, 37.
Police said that Alvarado fired three times at a crowd of people that pursued him after he allegedly robbed a drug dealer at gunpoint in Fairhill. Martinez-Lozada was wounded in the chest by a bullet.
Investigators also charged Alvarado's cousin, Cynthia Alvarado, with murder. Authorities said the two had an incestuous relationship.