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Soda Popp Bursts Fugitives’ Bubble

February 25, 1992

OSAGE CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A man named Soda Popp gave two shivering escaped convicts warm clothes, hot soup and, yes, soft drinks before turning them in.

″They didn’t get excited, and I didn’t get excited,″ Popp, 39, a former teacher, said Tuesday. ″They were just like the kids I used to deal with.″

Brian Green and Christopher J. Powell, both 20-year-old burglary convicts, were returned to the Algoa Correctional Center early Tuesday. They jumped a fence at the medium-security prison Sunday night, fled a few miles east, then knocked on Popp’s door and asked to use the phone.

Popp, who said Soda was his given name, had heard helicopters searching for the fugitives all day. He said he handed the men the food and sodas, then called sheriff’s deputies to the house in the Missouri River community of Osage City.

″In essence, they gave themselves up,″ said prison superintendent Carl White.

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