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UPDATED: Escaped inmates back in custody

Posted: April 28, 2010 8:49 a.m.
Updated: April 28, 2010 5:30 p.m.

LA County Sheriff's swat team members prepare to search a portion of the Santa Clara riverbed near the Valencia Travel Village in Castaic, where shoe prints matching those worn by two escapees from the Pitchess Detention Center were found on Wednesday.

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UPDATE, 5:29 p.m.:
Both inmate escapees have been apprehended near Hasley Canyon Road and Commerce Center Drive in Castaic.

A concerned resident called the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station to report that two male Hispanics had asked him for clothing.

Deputies immediately responded to the area and began searching.

A short time later both escapees were located hiding in nearby trash dumpster storage area. Their jail jumpsuits were located in the dumpster.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ORIGINAL POST, WEDNESDAY MORNING:

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies are hunting for two inmates who escaped Wednesday morning from a Castaic jail.

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore says the men, who were in jail for armed robbery, escaped from the North County Correctional Facility at the Pitchess Detention Center.

The two men have been identified as Winder Estuardo Barrios and Jose Antonio Aldana, according to information from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

Barrios is 24, 5'10" tall and 180 pounds. He has a tattoo of a seahorse on his left shoulder. Alanda is 24, 5'03" tall and 180 pounds. Barrios is from Van Nuys and Alanda is from Los Angeles.

The two men were arrested on April 2 for robbery. Aldana was being held in lieu of $560,000 bail and Barrios was being held in lieu of $840,000 bail. Both men were set to appear in court today.

Aldana and Barrios were discovered missing during a count at about 3:15 a.m. Both were last seen wearing light green jail jumpsuits.

Whitmore tells KTLA-TV that the men were discovered missing about two hours later when deputies made a head count of inmates. He says they may have fled while working at a kitchen loading dock at the jail 40 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

Whitmore says about 80 deputies are hunting for the men, who were arrested last year in Los Angeles.

Residents are encouraged to report any sightings or suspicious activity by calling (661) 255-1121 or 9-1-1.

Check back here for updates throughout the day.

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