3 inmates caught, 1 still on the run after escape from Otero County Jail

Colorado National Guard helping with search

OTERO COUNTY, Colo. - Three of the four inmates who escaped from the Otero County Jail last night have been captured.

Deputies said the four inmates rushed a detention officer and overpowered a deputy to escape from the Otero County Jail on Tuesday night.

Deputies said the inmates fled across Highway 50, into the La Junta rail yards and disappeared.

Escaped inmates Johnny Nunez, Curtis Apodaca and Malcom Hoffert have been captured, La Junta Fire Chief Aaron W. Eveatt said via Twitter on Wednesday. The time and location of the escapees' arrests have not been released.

The only inmate still on the run is Angel Castrejon. He is a 23-year-old Hispanic man who is 6-feet tall, weighs 150 pounds and has brown eyes and brown hair.

Castrejon previously escaped from the same jail in June 2013.

"Mr. Castrejon was being taken out of his cell to check on a medical issue he was having, at which time he was able to escape from the jail facility through a garage door," according to the Sheriff's Office.

Castrejon was arrested four months later in El Paso, Texas. His criminal history includes arrests for felony bribery, fraud, theft, forgery and possession of dangerous drugs.

Nunez has been arrested at least once a year since 2003. He has been charged multiple times for burglary, assault, resisting arrest, damage to property and domestic violence.

La Junta schools have been placed on modified lockdown while authorities search for the missing inmates.

Gov. John Hickenlooper has authorized the Colorado National Guard to fly and use flares to assist in the search. The team did not fly Tuesday night due to adverse weather. A UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter launched at 7:58 a.m. Wednesday from the Army National Guard Aviation Support Facility on Buckley Air Force base in Aurora to assist in the aerial search. 

The Otero County Jail is in La Junta, 67 miles east of Pueblo.

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