Crime

Another inmate escapes from Canyon tent jail, is soon recaptured

Abel Enrique Garcia, 21, reportedly escaped from the minimum-security facility across from the Canyon County jail in Caldwell Sunday evening but was recaptured Monday afternoon, the Canyon County Sheriff's Office reports.

Garcia climbed over the exterior fence about 8 p.m. during his outdoor recreation period, then a climbed into a waiting vehicle and fled, according to a county news release.

The suspected driver of that vehicle, 41-year- old Bobbie Jo Guevara, was taken into custody Monday morning on charges of assisting an escape and resisting and obstructing officers.

Garcia was located in Emmett and arrested without incident, the sheriff's office reports.

At the time of his escape, Garcia was facing numerous charges including carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, obstruct and delay, burglary, possession of burglary tools and providing false information to officers. He will now face additional felony escape charges, the sheriff's office reports.

“This is the third escape we’ve had from our tent facility in the last year and it’s simply ridiculous,” said Sheriff Kieran Donahue. “This tent structure was never meant to house prisoners 24 hours a day, so it’s not surprising."

"It’s time our county looks for long term solutions to address our jail issues once and for all.”

The county has faced a need for more jail space for many years, but officials disagree on how gaining that space should be accomplished.

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