Rose Law Group Heroes: Families receive reward money for capture of Florence prison escapees

Coolidge resident Joseph Marquez recalls his morning chasing two fugitives in his truck down Randolph Road. /Photo Aaron Dorman

By Aaron Dorman | Pinal Central

The reward money for helping to locate escaped Florence prison inmates John Charpiot and David Harmon has been doled out to some individuals who called 911 and otherwise helped in their capture.

Authorities had offered $70,000 when the two escaped in late January, $35,000 per inmate.

Casa Grande resident Joe Marquez received $20,000, while the family of Luis Alvarez in Coolidge received the remaining $50,000. The two inmates had tried to burglarize Alvarez’s home the morning of their capture and attacked his wife. Luis Alvarez and his daughter were among those who called in to police.

Marquez, who received his share on Feb. 12, called it a “blessing” to receive the money and was glad to have assisted. However, Marquez was disappointed in the lack of communication regarding the reward following the event.

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