Last of four escaped La Junta inmates captured

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LA JUNTA, Colo. — Police captured on Thursday the last of four inmates who escaped the Otero County Jail Tuesday night, La Junta officials reported.

Angel Castrejon, 23, was the only inmate who remained at large after three others were captured on Wednesday. Curtis Apodaca, 21; Malcolm Hoffert, 22; and Johnny Nunez, 30, were all previously caught.

Castrejon had escaped from the same La Junta facility in the past, police said.

The four inmates allegedly overpowered two jail officials late Tuesday night, the Otero County Sheriff’s Office confirmed. After their escape, deputies said the men fled across U.S. 50 and disappeared in a rail yard, where deputies found nothing but the inmates’ abandoned jail clothes.

In addition to the escape charge, Castrejon has been arrested for damage to property, forgery, criminal mischief, failure to appear, impersonation, drugs and theft.

Nunez has a lengthy 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.

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.

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