According to sheriff’s spokesman Les Garcia, Nicholas Vance Perez was caught in Manteca without resistance, but no additional information was available about how he was captured.
Perez left the honor farm on the 900 block of West Mathews Road in French Camp at about 2 a.m. July 22, Garcia said.
He was a worker in the jail kitchen and was seen before his escape wearing white clothing to signify that assignment, with “jail” marked on his pants and shirt. It was not disclosed if Perez was still wearing his jail issued clothing at the time of his arrest Thursday.
Garcia didn’t know how Perez had escaped the minimum security facility. He was at the county jail to serve time for vehicle theft, burglary and theft. He was scheduled for release Sept. 30.
Inmates at the honor farm undergo an extensive process to see if they meet the facility’s criteria, including the charges they face and their behavior, Garcia said. The majority of honor farm inmates work outside the facility each day, including on road crews that pick up trash along the freeway, on maintenance crews for the jail property and as workers at area landfills.
Once inside the honor farm, inmates are allowed to roam the barracks and exercise areas freely, Garcia said. Inmates housed in the main jail are locked inside cells overnight.
Garcia said escapes from the honor farm aren’t new and often involve inmates who feel they need to take care of something in their personal lives. He said the majority turn themselves in to authorities.
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