A pair of inmates who escaped this morning from the North County Correctional Facility near Castaic have been captured, KTLA is reporting. The station reports the men were found at the Hasley Commerce Center in Castaic Junction.
Updated 12:14 p.m.
Two inmates on trial for robbery and other charges escaped today from the North County Correctional Facility near Castaic, authorities said.
The inmates were held on armed robbery charges. They were due in court today for sentencing.
Jose Aldana and Winder Barrios, both 24 and from Van Nuys, apparently escaped from a loading dock area about 1 a.m. at the jail complex at 29340 The Old Road, said Steve Whitmore of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau. They were discovered missing about two hours afterward, Whitmore said.
"They were on a work crew together at a kitchen dock where trucks come and go," Whitmore told ABC7. "It's a secure area. But we believe that they may have planned this – we're relatively convinced of that. And then at 3:15, the wristband count revealed that they were missing."
Both men were wearing light-green jail clothes.
Whitmore said the men were armed robbery suspects who were arrested April 2, 2009 by Los Angeles police. They were in the midst of being tried in downtown Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Sam Ohta, who is presiding over the pair's trial, ruled today that the trial would continue despite the men's absence, according to Jane Robison of the District Attorney's Office.
Aldana and Barrios are charged with eight counts of second-degree robbery involving a series of robberies in March 2009, along with seven counts – including home-invasion robbery and false imprisonment by violence – stemming from an alleged March 27, 2009 attack in Encino.
Aldana is also charged with a misdemeanor sexual battery charge involving a separate incident on March 26, 2009.
The men are Hispanic, weigh about 180 pounds, and have black hair and brown eyes. Aldana is 5 feet 3 inches tall, and Barrios is 5 feet 10 inches tall. Barrios has a tattoo of a seahorse on his left shoulder.
The jail was locked down, and sirens were activated to warn the surrounding communities, said sheriff's Deputy Benjamin Grubb. Electronic signs along the Golden State (5) Freeway in the area warned motorists, "Caution Do Not Pick Up Hitch Hikers."
Deputies in helicopters and on motorcycles searched the rugged terrain around the facility.