SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY (CBS13) — Two inmates are back behind bars after trying to escape from the Honor Farm Facility through a skylight Thursday, officials said.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office said inmate Rury Lopez, 30, and Edwin Barerra Lopez, 24, used a fire extinguisher to break a skylight in the ceiling then ran across the barrack roof in an attempt to escape.READ MORE: Gov. Newsom Issues Emergency Order To Help Recovering Wildfire Counties
A correctional officer reportedly heard footsteps on the roof and found the broken skylight, prompting an emergency perimeter check and count of the inmates.READ MORE: Sacramento Opens Storm Centers For Homeless This Weekend
Officials say the transportation department found both inmates running in a field near the facility. They were taken into custody and are facing new escape charges, the sheriff’s office said.MORE NEWS: Ironman California: Road Closures In Sacramento On Sunday
Because of the pandemic, the sheriff’s office says some inmates that are sentenced to state prison are housed at the county’s minimum-security facility.