Update: 4 southeastern Colorado inmates escape, 3 caught

LA JUNTA — 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.


LA JUNTA — Authorities are searching for four inmates who escaped from the Otero County Jail by overpowering guards.

The Otero County Sheriff’s Office says two prisoners rushed an officer at the jail Tuesday night. They then let two others out of another cell.

After fighting with another deputy, the four were able to escape and headed across Highway 50 into the rail yards in La Junta.

The deputies suffered minor injuries.

All were awaiting court appearances.

Angel Castrejon was facing drug and escape charges, Johnny Nunez was facing burglary and forgery charges, Curtis Apodaca was facing drug charges and Malcom Hoffert was being held on suspicion of motor vehicle theft.

Gov. John Hickenlooper has authorized the Colorado National Guard to assist in the search.


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