4 inmates escape Otero County Jail, 3 captured

LA JUNTA — Authorities, who were searching for four inmates who escaped from the Otero County Jail by overpowering guards, were able to locate three on Wednesday.

Curtis Apodaca was captured, according to the La Junta Fire Chief, Wednesday morning.

Wednesday afternoon, Malcolm Hoffert was captured.

A third inmate, Johnny Nunez, was recaptured Wednesday afternoon.

The Otero County deputies hope the other inmate will be in the vicinity of where they located Apodaca, Nunez and Hoffert.

Deputies say the inmates fled into the La Junta rail yards and disappeared on Tuesday night. Charges against the men were not immediately available.

Angel Castrejon is still on the loose as of Wednesday afternoon. Castrejon has done this before.

After nearly a full day of searching, Castrejon had not been found. The longer it drags out, Otero deputies fear it may get harder to spot him.

His original arrest was drug related, but whether he's now considered a threat to the public, deputies say all possibilities must be taken seriously.

According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, Gov. John Hickenlooper has authorized the Colorado National Guard to fly and use flares to assist in the search.

Deputies don't believe Castrejon is armed, but say they can't be sure where he'll go next. He was on the run for four months in 2013 and was eventually arrested in Texas.


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