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Both fugitives caught after alleged youth justice centre escape

Police have located a second man who allegedly escaped from Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre.

Police said Shamus Touhy, 22, and Matthew Piscopo, 19, escaped from central Victoria centre about 11.30pm on Saturday.

Touhy was arrested at a Corio motel about 8.30pm on Monday.

Shamus Touhy, 22, (left) and Matthew Piscopo, 19, broke out of the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre about 11.30pm on Saturday, August 6, 2022. (NSW Police)

He was taken into custody and will face Geelong Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, before being returned to custody.

He also faces additional charges of theft of motor vehicle, theft, escape lawful custody and criminal damage.

Police allege Piscopo was the mastermind behind the alleged breakout and was just months away from potential freedom after having spent three weeks behind bars.

He was found by police at a home in Ballarat at around 10.30am on Monday. He faced Ballarat Magistrates’ Court before being returned to the detention centre.

The men’s escape was made public on Sunday night, when police launched an appeal for public help to find them.

The men escaped from Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre. (Supplied)

An investigation is underway into how exactly the men escaped.

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