Two state prisoners who escaped police custody from the San
Joaquin County Superior Court in Stockton on Tuesday afternoon were caught the same
day, Stockton police said.
Tony Jones, 21, was in Stockton for a court appearance with
two other prisoners, Richard Potts, 39, and Kirk Robbins, 22. All men are
inmates at Tracy’s Deuel Vocational Institution.
Last year, Jones was sentenced to three years behind bars
after being arrested in Alameda County for assault with a deadly weapon,
carjacking and grand theft.
Potts awaits trial for the killing and rape of an 18-year-old
Stockton girl, which would land him a life sentence. Tuesday, police arrested
him on suspicion of assault, carjacking and kidnapping after his brief escape, police said.
Robbins faked a seizure to distract prison guards, and then
the two other men slipped out of their handcuffs and took off running in their
orange jumpsuits, police said.
Jones ran further into downtown and hopped into a black
late-model Mercedes-Benz that had a temporary license plate labeled “Eaton,”
the statement said.
Police caught Potts after a passing motorcyclist purposely
plowed into the inmate, just as he was punching a Stockton woman in the face
and trying to wrestle her out of her car near the courthouse.
Jones made it to his grandmother’s Richmond house, where
police caught him three hours later.
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