Four Prisoners Escape from Otero County Jail (Update)

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(Update-  KKTV reported that 21 year old Curtis Apodaca has been apprehended as of around 10am this morning and was returned to custody.)(Two additional inmates were also reported captured as Malcolm Hoffert and Johnny Nunez are also in custody.  Authorities have not provided details regarding the capture of three of the four escapees as of early Wednesday afternoon.)

UPDATE (Law Enforcement Officials from La Junta stated that the fourth and final inmate that escaped from the Otero County Jail, Angel Castrejon, was apprehended mid afternoon on Thursday, March 6, and has been placed in custody)

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at about 8:00 p.m., four inmates from the Otero County Jail escaped after rushing a detention officer and then opening a second cell to let two other inmates out of another cell. After fighting with another deputy, the four were able to leave the facility and they fled to the northwest and then north across Highway 50 and into the rail yards in La Junta.

Curtis ApodacaPart of their jail clothing was located in the rail yards. The escapees include: Angel Castrejon, DOB: 01-16-1991, male, 6′-0″, 150 lbs., Brown eyes, brown hair. Curtis Apodaca, DOB: 7-4-1992, male, 5′-5″, 140 pounds, brown eyes and brown hair. Johnny Nunez, DOB: 09-17-1983, male, 6′-0″, 165 pounds, Brown eyes, and black hair, and a Malcom Hoffert, DOB: 1-16-1992, male, 6′-00″, 165 lbs., hazel eyes and brown hair.

Malcom HoffertCasteron was facing charges for drug related offenses, escape and bond violation. Nunez currently was facing charges for burglary and forgery. Apodaca was facing charges for drug related offenses and being an accessory to a crime. Hoffert was currently facing motor vehicle theft charges.

Angel CastrejonAssisting in search for the fugitives are Otero County Sheriff’s Office, La Junta Police Department, CDOC (Colorado Department of Corrections), Rocky Ford Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, and Colorado Adult Parole, and the Bent County Sheriff’s Office.

Johnny NunezGovernor John Hickenlooper has authorized the Colorado National Guard to assist with the search. Those living in Otero County and surrounding areas can expect to see helicopters flying overhead Wednesday as National Guardsman and several other agencies comb the area.

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