A Bronx man who got thrown behind bars for driving around Ohio with $600,000 worth of drugs escaped from jail and fled back to the city to find a job — only to be caught this week looking for work in Brooklyn, sources said.
Staling Santos-Reyes, who is originally from the Dominican Republic, sparked a nationwide manhunt April 27 when he managed to hop a fence at the Tri-County Jail near Mechanicsburg, Ohio, and get away scot free.
For nearly a month, authorities searched for the 40-year-old and suspected that he may have run off to Mexico. But that apparently wasn’t the case: He was busted in East New York on Tuesday around 12:45 p.m., according to police sources.
Santos-Reyes, whose last known address was in The Bronx, had been arrested in February after cops in Ohio found a large stash of heroin and cocaine inside his car. He was on work detail in the kitchen when he escaped, WDTN reported.
A merchant in East New York that Santos-Reyes approached earlier this month about a position alerted police on Tuesday after he came back again looking for a job, sources said.
The escapee had been looking at several businesses before his arrest.
Upon his initial arrest for the drugs, Santos-Reyes reportedly admitted to investigators that he had been paid $3,000 to deliver the heroin to a person in The Bronx, and that he would be paid an extra $1,500 per package upon his arrival.