- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

LA JUNTA, Colo. (AP) - The last of four inmates who escaped from the Otero County jail was recaptured Thursday in a home in La Junta.

Angel Castrejon, 23, gave up without a fight, Sheriff Chris Johnson said.

Castrejon and three other inmates escaped Tuesday night when they overpowered two guards, authorities said. The guards suffered minor injuries.

The other three inmates were recaptured earlier, but no details have been released.

They were identified as Curtis Apodaca, 21, and Malcolm Hoffert, 22, both suspected of motor theft, and Johnny Nunez, 30 suspected of burglary and forgery.



Castrejon was facing drug charges. He had previously escaped from the same jail.

All four had been awaiting court appearances.

Johnson said sheriff’s deputies and La Junta police were checking on two homes in La Junta on Thursday when Police Chief Todd Quick found Castrejon in one of the houses.

An older woman was also in the home but apparently didn’t know Castrejon was there, the sheriff said. She wasn’t harmed.

The escape prompted a massive search across southeastern Colorado by helicopter and on the ground. The Colorado National Guard and dozens of law enforcement officers took part.

During his previous escape in 2013, Castrejon was being taken out of his cell to be checked on a medical issue and was able to flee through a garage door, according to the sheriff’s office. He was arrested four months later in El Paso, Texas.

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