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Curtis Apodaca / Otero County Sheriff

LA JUNTA, Colo. - Three of the four inmates who escaped from a Colorado jail Tuesday night were found Wednesday, authorities said.

The four escaped from Otero County Jail by overpowering guards and running to the La Junta, Colo., rail yards.

According to the La Junta Fire chief, Curtis Apodaca was captured Wednesday morning. Malcolm Hoffert and Johnny Nunez were caught Wednesday afternoon.

The Otero County deputies hope the other inmate, Angel Castrejon, will be in the vicinity of where the other escaped inmates were found.

Otero County Undersheriff Ken Kimsey said that because the hunt for Castrejon was continuing, with officers on foot and in vehicles, he could say little about the recapture of the others. He said they were found in the La Junta area and that no one was injured in the recapture.

Authorities were searching a large area of southeastern Colorado for the remaining escaped inmate. La Junta is 173 miles southeast of Denver.

According to the Otero County Sheriff's Office, two prisoners rushed an officer at the jail Tuesday night and then let two others out of another cell. The four were able to escape after overpowering another officer and headed across U.S. Highway 50 into the rail yards. The deputies suffered minor injuries.

The 34-bed jail is located in the one-story sheriff's office building in La Junta, just blocks away from the city's rail yard.

All four escapees were being held at the jail on various charges awaiting court appearances.

Castrejon, who remains on the loose, was facing drug and escape charges. Nunez was facing burglary and forgery charges, Hoffert was being held on suspicion of motor vehicle theft and Apodaca was facing drug charges.

During a previous escape from the same jail in 2013, Castrejon was being taken out of his cell to check on a medical issue and he was able to escape from the jail facility through a garage door, according to the sheriff's office. He was arrested four months later in El Paso, Texas.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper authorized the use of a National Guard helicopter to help in the search. Dozens of other law enforcement officials also were involved.

Contributing: The Associated Press



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