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Man back in custody after he was recognized

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A man is back in federal custody after federal officials say he tricked jailers into letting him back onto the streets.

Joseph Manuel Reyes was arrested without incident Friday afternoon at the Salt Lake City Library after a patron saw him using a library computer and recognized him from television reports.

The patron told a Salt Lake police officer who was outside the library. The officer notified U.S. marshals, who carried out the arrest, according to Melodie Rydalch, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Reyes, 26, was released from the Weber County Jail Wednesday night when he identified himself as another inmate who was scheduled to be released. Jail officials realized the error about 30 minutes after Reyes was set free, Weber County Sheriff's Corrections Division Chief Gerald Cook said.

Reyes was booked into the jail March 9 on a federal bank robbery charge, which could land him a 20-year prison sentence if he is convicted.

Rydalch said Friday he may now face charges related to the alleged escape.

U.S. Attorney Paul M. Warner said federal law enforcement relied on tips from Utah residents and the help of state and local law enforcement officials in Reyes' quick recapture.