Two inmates escape from Castaic jail [Updated]
Authorities are looking for two inmates who escaped early Wednesday from a Castaic jail.
The men, who were in custody in connection with an armed robbery, were discovered missing during a 3:15 a.m. head count at the North County Correctional Facility, said Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The men had been working at a kitchen loading dock and may have escaped shortly after 1 a.m., Whitmore said.
“We have information that leads us to believe that they may have planned this escape because they were facing a court hearing [Wednesday] where they were facing severe jail time,” Whitmore said.
[Updated at 9:55 a.m.: The two were expected Wednesday in court, where the case was in mid-trial. They each faced more than 10 years in prison if convicted of multiple counts, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the L.A. County district attorney’s office.]
He identified the men as Winder Barrios and Jose Aldana, both 24 and from Van Nuys. They were arrested April 2 by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood division.
About 50 sheriff’s deputies are participating in the search and more may be called in, Whitmore said.
-- Alexandra Zavis
Upper photos: Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies at an entrance to the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times
Lower photos: Jose Aldana (top) and Winder Barrios. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department