An inmate who escaped into a Southern California neighborhood was found hiding in a hot tub and taken into custody, officials said.
The inmate, identified as Arturo Valenzuela, was working in a rear parking lot at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lomita Station when he jumped a fence and took off, Deputy Mike Barraza said. He was reported missing about 2:40 p.m.
Deputies, backed by units from the Sheriff’s Carson Station, a helicopter and K-9, set up a perimeter in search of Valenzuela, who was wearing a yellow jumpsuit.
Officials confirmed that he was found about 5 p.m. hiding out in a covered hot tub in a nearby backyard in the 25900 block of Cypress Street. The hot tub had a little bit of water in the bottom, deputies said.
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Valenzuela was taken to the hospital to be treated for an ankle injury that he suffered during the incident, officials said.
He was booked for escape and being held on $100,000 bail. He had originally been jailed for burglary.
Valenzuela was working at the station under minimum security as part of a program that employs inmates who meet certain criteria, deputies said.
City News Service contributed to this report.