The two inmates of the Moulins-Yzeure penitentiary center, who escaped on Saturday on their way back from a culinary competition, were arrested during the night in Chazelles-sur-Lyon (Loire), we learned. at the Roanne prosecutor's office.
The two men, arrested around 3:30 am in the night from Saturday to Sunday, were placed in police custody at the gendarmerie brigade of Saint-Galmier (Loire).
The fugitives “slept inside the Peugeot 207 that they had stolen on Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of a motorway rest area, in Néronde (Loire), whose owner had left the keys on the dashboard », Declared to AFP Abdelkrim Grini, the public prosecutor of Roanne.
Presented as "two common law delinquents, aged in their twenties and released in 2022 and 2023", they "will have to answer for the facts of escape and theft in a meeting," he said.
A culinary competition at the Paul Bocuse Institute
On Saturday afternoon, these young inmates were returning from the final exams of a competition organized at the Paul Bocuse Institute in Ecully (Rhône), when they left company with their companions from the Penitentiary Integration and Probation Service (SPIP ).
They had "taken advantage of a stop at the toilets on the Loire motorway area, along the A89, to steal a car and flee on board", according to the head of the Roanne public prosecutor's office.
The two men benefited from a leave of absence until 8 p.m. from the sentencing judge of Moulins who follows them, as part of the preparation for their professional reintegration.
They were among the finalists of the inter-prison culinary challenge launched by the Michelin-starred chef Michel Portos, with inmates from the Riom penitentiary center (Puy-de-Dôme), and remand centers in Puy-en-Velay and Bonneville (Haute-Savoie).
This competition aims to encourage participants to continue their professional integration journey in prison, by preparing for the professional title of catering agent.