Crime

Canyon jail escapee faces felony charges — and so does the man accused of stabbing him

Jose Coronado
Jose Coronado

Jose Esteban Coronado, who escaped from Canyon County's minimum security facility Jan. 30 by cutting through the tent-like fabric with a jail-issued razor, is now being held in maximum security at the county jail.

When Coronado was recaptured at an Ontario, Ore., home a week later, officers discovered the escapee had suffered multiple stab wounds, county officials said. Now David Tellez of Payette faces attempted murder and assault charges in connection with that attack, Ontario police report.

Coronado, 30, was treated and released at a hospital before he was returned to jail Saturday, shortly after an anonymous tip led officers to an Ontario home, Canyon County spokesman Joe Decker said. Tellez also was arrested Saturday for a Friday fight with Coronado, Ontario police said.

Coronado, who earlier was held on misdemeanor charges of violating a no-contact order and providing false information to officials, now faces felony charges of using a weapon to escape and damaging the jail structure. His bond is set at $250,000, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 17.

Coronado is now held in a cell in the main Canyon County jail, Decker said. He escaped from a section of the minimum-security building that is not fenced, and county commissioners Monday approved spending $2,100 to complete the fencing, he said. Sheriff Kieran Donahue plans to meet with commissioners about future use of the soft-sided structure.

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