Escaped Correctional Addiction Center inmate captured in Holyoke

Luis Dalmau is believed to have escaped through a window

Luis Dalmau - Photo Courtesy: Hampden Sheriff’s Department

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – An inmate who escaped from the Western Massachusetts Correctional Addiction Center in Holyoke Sunday night has been recaptured.

Steve O’Neil, spokesperson for the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, told 22News that Luis Dalmau, 41, of Holyoke, is believed to have escaped the facility by opening a window and pushing out the screen that was on it. The discovery was made when guards were doing their nightly rounds at around 10:00 P.M.

The Western Massachusetts Correctional Addiction Center in Holyoke is seen here in a WWLP file image

Dalmau, who had been serving time for drug possession and restraining order violations, had been in the Ludlow jail for about two months before being approved for transfer to the minimum-security facility in Holyoke. He had only been there for a few days prior to his escape, O’Neil said.

O’Neil told 22News that typically when inmates escape, they rather quickly have a change of heart and turn themselves back in. That appeared to have been the case Monday morning, when they received a call that Dalmau was prepared to surrender. But when sheriff’s department officials arrived at where he was staying at around 9:30, he apparently changed his mind and ran off in the other direction.

Holyoke Police, however, found him Monday afternoon, and he was taken back into custody at 3:35 P.M. Additional details about his apprehension were not immediately available.