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4 escaped inmates captured in Otero County

All escaped inmates caught; Sheriff's Office on security

LA JUNTA, Colo. - La Junta Fire Chief Aaron Eveatt confirms to KRDO NewsChannel 13 that Angel Castrejon, Curtis Apodaca, Malcolm Hoffert and Johnny Nunez have been captured.  Castrejon was the last escapee captured Thursday afternoon.

Authorities were searching for Apodaca, Hoffert, Nunez and Castrejon.  Department of Corrections Inspector General Jay Kirby said the four escaped from the Otero County jail Tuesday night.

All schools in the area were put on modified lockdown while the search continued.

The Otero County Sheriff said more than 50 K-9 units were searching near the Arkansas River. The search began in the rail yard. That is where crews first found jail clothing. But the sheriff said that area was cleared.

The Otero County Sheriff's Office said it all began around 8 p.m. Tuesday when two of the men rushed an officer at the jail. They then let the 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 sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office said that Nunez was in custody for burglary and forgery charges. Apodaca was facing drug charges. Hoffert was being held for vehicle theft charges.

The other inmate, 23-year-old Angel Castrejon, escaped from the Otero County jail in June of 2013, according to the sheriff's office. He was found in El Paso, Texas four months later.

Several agencies helped with the search, including a Colorado National Guard helicopter authorized by Governor John Hickenlooper.

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