Reno police arrest inmate who fled half-way house

November 8, 2019

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Police have captured a minimum security inmate who walked away from a half-way house in Reno where he was serving his sentence for a burglary conviction in Clark County.

Reno police say they arrested 43-year-old William “Willie” Vareschi on Thursday, two days after the Nevada Department of Corrections reported he was missing.

He was being held without bail Friday in the Washoe County jail on a charge of escape by a felony prisoner.

It’s not clear if he has a lawyer or will be appointed one at a pending court appearance.

Vareschi had been sent from Clark County to Northern Nevada Transitional Housing in September 2016 to complete his 4- to 10-year sentence for burglary.