SANTA MONICA ( — Thanks to a tip, an escaped inmate was back in custody Thursday after spending more than three weeks on the run.

Christopher Lee Brown was spotted outside the Pico Youth and Family Center in Santa Monica Wednesday night, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

Brown, who was being held without bail, has been charged with one felony count of escape and could be arraigned Friday.

The 37-year-old escaped from custody at the LASD Inmate Reception Center on March 12, one day after he was sentenced to more than four years in jail for felony burglary.

After he made a run for it, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $20,000 for Brown’s arrest and conviction.

Tony Bell, a spokesman for Supervisor Michael Antonovich, said whoever tipped police would most likely get the reward, but they have to file an application first.

“The reward played a vital role in the apprehension of this suspect,” he said.

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