A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "John Massey has this afternoon, Friday June 29, been arrested by detectives from the Metropolitan Police Service specialist crime and operations command.
"He has been taken into custody at a north London police station."
He was found following an intelligence-led operation, the spokesman said.
A second man was arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting an absconder and was also taken into police custody.
The Prison Service is investigating how Massey managed to elude staff.