Two Inmates Apprehended Hours After Escape

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Winder Barrios (left) and Jose Aldana (right) escaped from the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic early Wednesday morning./Courtesy: SCV Sheriff Station

Two inmates who escaped from Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic early Wednesday morning were caught 14 hours later after asking people for clothes a mile from the jail.

Highway signs warning motorists and local media kept people in the area informed. Sheriff officials credit the rapid and widespread publicity for leading to the capture of the two suspects.

Both men were arrested on April 2 and were being held on robbery charges, according to The Signal. The two men were due in court for a hearing yesterday.

The Signal reports the two men, Winder Barrios and Jose Aldana, were discovered missing during a count at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Authorities said Barrios and Aldana likely planned an escape and left through a kitchen area. L.A. County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore told KABC-TV, “They were on a work crew together at a kitchen dock, where trucks come and go. It’s a secure area.”

Both Barrios and Aldana were captured in a storage shed 10 minutes after bystanders called 9-1-1.

(Updated 4:19p.m.: This story was revised to correct a previous version that said that the two inmates were serving sentences of armed robbery.)