2 Inmates Who Escaped Jail Using Toothbrush Are Caught Dining at IHOP

Two inmates in Virginia were apprehended on Tuesday, a day after they allegedly escaped from jail.

Newport News police said in a statement that John Garza, 37, and Arley Nemo, 43, used a toothbrush and metal object to break out of their cell at the Newport News Jail Annex. The pair reportedly used the tools to access untied rebars in the wall before scaling a containment wall and escaping.

The following day, Garza and Nemo were captured at an IHOP in Hampton. Newport News Sheriff Gabe Morgan said citizens had spotted the pair and called the police.

At the time of their alleged escape, Garza was being jailed for contempt of court, probation violations, and failure to appear. Nemo had been charged with credit card fraud, credit card larceny, forgery, possession of burglary tools, grand larceny, contempt of court, and a probation violation.

Nemo and Garza have not been formally charged in connection with Monday’s incident.

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[Featured image: John Garza and Arley Nemo/Newport News Police Department]