An escaped inmate who’d been on the lam for nearly a week was arrested Wednesday after a brief foot pursuit in Watts.

Officials realized about 6:30 p.m. last Thursday that Jaron Brown, 35, had left the Male Community Reentry Program facility in Los Angeles and an emergency search was conducted.

Local law enforcement agencies were notified and agents from the CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety were called in to locate and apprehend Brown, according to CDCR’s Terry Thornton.

He was spotted about 4 Wednesday afternoon in Watts and tried to run away from agents, but was quickly taken into custody without further incident, Thornton said.

Brown was serving a three-year sentence for possession of a firearm by a felon, according to Thornton. He was transferred to the halfway house from Wasco State Prison on Feb. 11, and had been expected to be released on probation in September, Thornton said.

Agents took Brown to the California Institution For Men in Chino, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office will consider escape charges, Thornton said.

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