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Inmate found hiding under bus in attempted county jail escape

October 11, 2011 |  8:56 pm

A inmate who slipped out of his handcuffs was found by deputies clinging to the undercarriage of a bus as it was leaving the Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center near Castaic, authorities said Tuesday night.

The deputies noticed that inmate Gamaliel Martinez, who had been handcuffed to three other prisoners, was missing early Tuesday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

The deputies found Martinez under a department transportation bus. He had removed his blue jail shirt and was wearing a white T-shirt, the department said.

Martinez is serving a three-year sentence at Wasco State Prison for a robbery conviction and had been in the county jail while awaiting a court hearing Tuesday morning regarding additional robbery charges.

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