UPDATE: Search for missing Colorado inmate winding down

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LA JUNTA, Colo. (AP) -- LA JUNTA, Colo. (AP) -- The search for an inmate who escaped from the Otero County Jail after overpowering guards is winding down after the Department of Corrections and National Guard called off their searches.

Otero County authorities identified one man still at large as 23-year-old Angel Castrejon, who was facing drug charges and had escaped before from the same jail.

Three inmates 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 Tuesday night and then let the two others out of another cell, overpowered another officer and fled. The deputies suffered minor injuries.

Updated at 1:13 PM
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Three of four fugitives have been recaptured after breaking out of jail in southeastern Colorado.

The Pueblo Chieftain, quoting local authorities Wednesday, identified the man still at large as 23-year-old Angel Castrejon, who was facing drug charges and had escaped before from the same jail in Otero County. Those 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. The four then overpowered another officer. The deputies suffered minor injuries.


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