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UPDATE: Mounties recapture 2 dangerous men who escaped BC prison

(Update: 9am on July 10): The two men who escaped from a B.C. prison on July 7 have been recaptured.

James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage were found on July 9 at about 8pm.

"The arrest took place after an off duty RCMP officer spotted the escapees in Esquimalt and alerted on duty officers," Mounties explained.

"The Victoria Police Department made the arrest and have since turned over the prisoners to the West Shore RCMP."

(Original story: 3pm on July 8): Mounties on Vancouver Island have warned that two men are on the run after escaping from a prison.

James Lee Busch, 42, and Zachary Armitage, 30, fled from the William Head Institution in Metchosin on the evening of July 7.

They remain unlawfully at large.

<who> Photo credit: RCMP </who> James Busch

West Shore RCMP said they conducted an extensive search using a police dog but failed to find the men.

They continue to search for the duo, including with a police helicopter.

Both men are considered dangerous.

<who> Photo credit: RCMP </who> Zachary Armitage.

Busch is described as:

  • First Nations

  • 5’ 9”

  • 160lbs

  • Dark skin

  • Shaved head

  • Skull tattoo on his left forearm

Armitage is described as:

  • First Nations

  • 5’ 10”

  • 170lbs

  • Light skin

  • Short hair

  • Tattoo with a crown and “No Love” written on his right arm

Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately.

They can also report information anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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