3 of 4 escaped Otero County Jail inmates captured

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OTERO COUNTY, Colo. — Four inmates overpowered two jail officials and escaped the Otero County jail late Tuesday night, and were at large as of early Wednesday morning.

According to the La Junta Fire Chief, one of those escaped inmates, 21-year-old Curtis Apodaca, was captured Wednesday morning. And as of Wednesday afternoon, the chief said a two more of the escaped inmates, 22-year old Malcolm Hoffert and 30-year-old Johnny Nunez, had also been apprehended.

Angel Castrejon, 23, was the only inmate who remained at large as of 12:45 p.m. Castrejon has one prior arrest for escaping from the same jail in 2013

The Otero County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the four inmates overpowered a detention officer and one deputy to escape the jail, which is in the city of La Junta. After their escape, deputies said the men fled across U.S. 50 and disappeared in a La Junta rail yard, where deputies found nothing but the inmates abandoned jail clothes.

In addition to the escape charge, Castrejon, who has brown eyes and brown hair, stands 6-foot-0 and weighs 150 pounds, has also been arrested for damage to property, forgery, criminal mischief, failure to appear, impersonation, drugs and theft.

Nunez, who has brown eyes and black hair, stands 6-foot-0 and weighs 165 pounds, also has a length criminal record, with arrests for harassment, assault, menacing, trespassing, protection order violations, disorderly conduct, assault and disarming of a peace officer, intimidating a victim, reckless driving and eluding.

The rap sheets belonging to Apodaca, who stands 5-foot-5 and 140 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair and Hoffert, who stands 6-foot-0, weighs 165 pounds and has hazel eyes and brown hair, aren’t nearly as long. In fact, Apodaca had never been arrested previously. Hoffert has arrests for drugs, trespassing, theft, assault and felony menacing.

All schools in La Junta were placed on modified lockdown while police searched for the suspects. Governor John Hickenlooper authorized the Colorado National Guard to assist in the search.

The Otero County Sheriff’s Office said there was a team of 50 on the ground all night long on Tuesday, searching for the escaped inmates. That search intensified Wednesday.

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