RCMP arrest prisoner after two-hour escape

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An 18-year-old prisoner is in custody after escaping police for over two hours late Wednesday night.

Maiya Klengenberg, from Yellowknife, is facing charges of escape lawful custody, a news release said.

The incident began when Klengenberg was taken from the Yellowknife detachment to the Stanton Territorial Hospital for medical treatment.

About 11:10 p.m., as she was being escorted out of the hospital to return to the Yellowknife detachment, she escaped.

A search began with support from additional officers and the NT RCMP Police Dog Services, a news release said.

Police found Klengenberg hiding in a yard downtown around 1:45 a.m.

She was taken into custody and escorted back to the hospital to be treated for a non-life threatening injury sustained during her arrest by Police Dog Services, a news release said.

Klengenberg was then brought to the Yellowknife detachment where she awaits her court appearance for Thursday, May 21.

The Yellowknife detachment said in a news release it is conducting an incident review of the incident.

Klengenberg was first arrested in March in connection to an armed robbery at a Circle K. She faces charges of robbery, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and failure to comply.

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