An inmate who escaped from a Castaic detention center was recaptured Saturday afternoon, officials said.
David Luis Bustamonte, 43, could not be found during a morning inmate count about 7 a.m. at the Pitchess Detention Center’s south facility, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
Officials said they immediately placed the facility on lockdown. At around 12:40 p.m., the agency tweeted that visitation at the center has been closed.
“We are utilizing many resources, including scent dogs, to search the facility and locate the suspect as quickly as possible,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
Deputies, assisted by bloodhounds, swarmed the area. They found their quarry about 3 p.m., Deputy Charles Moore of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said in a written statement.
“Major Crimes Bureau detectives utilized scent detection canines and found the suspect near the 5 Freeway and 126 Freeway, beneath an underpass near a homeless encampment,” Moore said. He was taken into custody without a struggle.
Bustamone was wearing civilian clothes when captured, rather than a jail uniform, according to the deputy. “How and where he obtained the clothing will be part of our continued investigation,” he said.
“Due to the fact the investigation is in its early stages, it is unclear how he was able to escape the facility,” Moore added.
Bustamonte is awaiting trial on three counts of burglary after being arrested by the Azusa Police Department in July, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court and booking records.
He was scheduled to appear in the Pomona branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court in connection with that case on March 6., records show. Bail has been set at $1.165 million.