Two inmates who escaped from the San Joaquin County Honor Farm Friday were re-arrested less than an hour after their getaway, the sheriff’s office reported.
Alfredo Venegas, 29, and Christian Velazquez, 22, left the Honor Farm in French Camp around 7 p.m. Friday.
Witnesses saw them run out of a main gate and across an empty field. Sheriff’s deputies found the pair soon after their escape, hiding in an abandoned car in a barn west of the Honor Farm.
Deputies somehow injured Venegas when they found him. He was taken to the San Joaquin County Hospital, where he was treated for some injuries, which sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Les Garcia refused to disclose, citing patient privacy laws.
At the time of his escape, Velazquez was serving a six-month sentence for possessing stolen property. Venegas was recently arrested by Stockton police and serving a seven-month sentence after pleading no contest to charges of petty theft, a felony in his case because it came after past arrests for burglary, theft or robbery.
The two were booked again Friday for their attempted escape and face added charges of escaping a county jail and resisting a peace officer.
Venegas has a lengthier rap sheet, which includes several prior felonies, including for twice failing to appear in court for felony charges of drug possession, still pending, and stealing a car, to which he pleaded guilty. Because of his history, the escape comes as another felony charge.
Venegas was due to be released in the first week of June and Velazquez in mid-May.
The two are due in court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Manteca Branch of the Stockton-San Joaquin County Superior Court, where a judge will consider by how much to lengthen their sentences based on the added charges.
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