Crime & Justice

​Inmate who left California firefighting crew is apprehended

Santa Clara County firefighters use a hose during a wildfire preparedness training at Stevens Creek County Park on May 12, 2017 in Cupertino, California.  Santa Clara County firefighters held a series of drills this to prepare for what is expected to be a busy wildfire season.
Santa Clara County firefighters use a hose during a wildfire preparedness training at Stevens Creek County Park on May 12, 2017 in Cupertino, California. Santa Clara County firefighters held a series of drills this to prepare for what is expected to be a busy wildfire season.
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Authorities have apprehended an inmate firefighter who walked away while assigned to a crew working on the remnants of a Southern California wildfire last month.

State corrections officials say Armando Castillo was taken back into custody late Tuesday at a motel in Los Angeles. Officials say a woman with him was arrested on suspicion of assisting Castillo throughout his escape.

The 31-year-old was among inmate crews working the so-called Canyon Fire 2 in Orange County. He walked away Oct. 15.

Castillo was sentenced in Los Angeles County last year to a five-year term for possession of a firearm and evading a peace officer while driving recklessly. He was scheduled to be released on probation in May 2018.

He had been assigned to Oak Glen Conservation Camp in Yucaipa.