Update: Serial escapist Angel Castrejon recaptured after Otero County jailbreak
Update: Yesterday morning, we noted that three of the four inmates who'd escaped from Otero County Jail earlier in the week, but not Angel Castrejon, who'd gotten away from the same facility last year and remained at large for months.
He wasn't as fortunate the second time around. Castrojon has reportedly been recaptured, too. He was found in a La Junta home not far from the hoosgow to which he was returned. Continue for our previous coverage, including photos and video.
Update, 5:58 a.m. March 6: Yesterday, we told you about the escape of four inmates from Otero County Jail, with one of the men, Angel Castrejon, having gotten away from the same facility last year; see our previous coverage below.
Authorities have now recaptured three of the escapees. But Castrejon, who managed to avoid recapture for months last time around, remains at large.
Details, photos and video below.
Last June, as we've reported, Castrejon, in stir for possession of a controlled substance, criminal impersonation and violation of bond conditions, was taken from his cell after complaining about a medical issue.
Once out, he ditched the guards and got away through the facility's garage.
Cut to Tuesday, when 23-year-old Castrejon and three compatriots -- Curtis Apodaca, Johnny Nunez and Malcom Hoffert -- are said to have overpowered not one, but two guards, then left the facility's grounds.
Authorities know the men went through the rail yards in La Junta, the community where the jail is located, because some of their prison clothing was found there. But from there, their whereabouts were unknown.
A National Guard helicopter sweeps the area in another 9News image.
That changed within hours for three-quarters of the troupe. Apodaca was reportedly taken into custody yesterday morning, with Nunez and Hoffert following suit during the afternoon.
But not Castrejon, who enjoyed a goodly share of freedom after the last time he bolted from the jail. He wasn't recaptured after his June 2013 escape until early October.
The location he was found: El Paso, Texas.
Look below to see the latest booking photo of Castrejon and a 9News report. After that, continue for our previous coverage, including mug shots of all the escapees.
The latest mug shot of Angel Castrejon.
Original post, 9:04 a.m. March 5: Last night, four inmates overpowered a guard and managed to escape from Otero County Jail, located in the southeastern Colorado community of La Junta.
At this writing, all of them remain at large.
The Otero County Sheriff's Office hasn't named a ringleader in the bust-out, but one of the quartet -- Angel Castrejon, 23 -- has escaped before, from the very same facility. Details and photos below.
About 11:35 p.m. on June 2, 2013, according to the Otero County Sheriff's Office blogspot, Castrejon, then 22, was taken out of his cell at the Otero County Jail due to what's described as a "medical issue he was having at the time."
He managed to get better quick, however. He got free of his captors and slipped out through a garage door.
The latest mug shot of Angel Castrejon.
Castrejon, who was being held on possession of a controlled substance, criminal impersonation and violation of bond conditions, remained on the loose for quite a while. The blogspot notes that he was taken into custody on October 7 in El Paso, Texas and was scheduled to be extradited back to Colorado.
Apparently, Castrejon didn't like his most recent residency at the jail any more than his previous one. At about 8 p.m. last night, the blogspot reveals, Castrejon and three other inmates -- Curtis Apodaca, Johnny Nunez and Malcom Hoffert -- rushed a detention officer and then opened a second cell to release two other prisoners.
From there, the quartet allegedly got into a fight with another deputy before leaving the facility and fleeing north across Highway 50 into rail yards in La Junta, where some of their prison clothing was found.
Plenty of law enforcers are on the hunt for the men, including the La Junta Police Department, the Colorado Department of Corrections, the Rocky Ford Police Department, the Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Adult Parole and the Bent County Sheriff's Office. Additionally, Governor John Hickenlooper has reportedly offered the services of the Colorado National Guard.
Look below to see photos of the other escapees, plus a larger version of an early mug shot of Castrejon.
Johnny Nunez, DOB: 09-17-1983, male, 6'-0", 165 pounds, Brown eyes, and black hair.
Malcom Hoffert, DOB: 1-16-1992, male, 6'-00", 165 lbs., hazel eyes and brown hair.
Angel Castrejon, DOB: 01-16-1991, male, 6'-0", 150 lbs., Brown eyes, brown hair.
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More from our Colorado Crimes archive circa August 2013: "Felix Trujillo gets another ten years for bizarre, deputy-aided jail escape."