Last Of 4 Who Escaped From Otero County Jail Caught
LA JUNTA, Colo. (AP/CBS4) – The last of four inmates who escaped from the Otero County Jail after overpowering guards has been caught.
Otero County Sheriff Chris Johnson said 23-year-old Angel Castrejon was found in a house in La Junta Thursday afternoon. He was facing drug charges and had escaped before from the same jail.
Johnson said Castrejon surrendered peacefully when La Junta Police Chief Todd Quick found him. Johnson says an older woman was also in the home but apparently didn’t know Castrejon was there. She wasn’t harmed.
The Department of Corrections and National Guard called off their searches Thursday morning but police and deputies continued with the search for Castrejon.
Those already back in custody were identified as 21-year-old Curtis Apodaca, suspected of motor theft; 22-year-old Malcolm Hoffert, suspected of motor vehicle theft; and 30-year-old Johnny Nunez, suspected of burglary and forgery.
All four had been awaiting court appearances.
The Otero County Sheriff’s Office says two of the men rushed an officer at the 34-bed jail Tuesday night and then let the two others out of another cell, overpowered another officer and fled. The deputies suffered minor injuries.
Several La Junta schools remained on lockdown Thursday while authorities continued their search.
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