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March 2, 1994 | GORDON DILLOW
Roy (JoJo) Ward Jr., a suspected killer and fugitive who staged an unsuccessful escape from the jail of the Lennox sheriff's station, apparently got help from two outside sources. One: a Los Angeles gang member who authorities believe intentionally got himself arrested so he could smuggle a gun into the jail.
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December 6, 2001 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kevin Pullum, the wily inmate who escaped from jail using a fake ID bearing a picture of Eddie Murphy, was sentenced Wednesday to 65 years to life in prison for attempted murder. The July escape by Pullum, who was sentenced under the state's "three strikes" law, prompted sheriff's officials to improve security for handling the 19,000 inmates in its custody. "We're very confident that this cannot happen again," said Cmdr. Robert Hoffman of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1993
A Lancaster woman held on theft-related charges at Sybil Brand Institute escaped from jail and was discovered missing early Saturday. Sherrie Pike, 35, apparently fled the four-story county prison for women sometime before midnight Friday. Pike, who was being held in lieu of $58,000 bail since her arrest Nov. 21 by Antelope Valley deputies, was due in court for a hearing Tuesday. Authorities said Saturday they had not determined how Pike escaped the 1,900-prisoner Eastside Los Angeles facility.
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August 22, 2001 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ignoring concerns from his attorney and his family, the man accused of eluding authorities for more than two weeks after escaping from Los Angeles County Jail last month told a judge Tuesday that he wants to represent himself in court. Kevin Jerome Pullum said he wants to serve as his own attorney on the escape charges but would not mind having lawyer Dermot Givens help him. "If he wants to stay on the case, I would . . .
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January 15, 1994 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN
A 25-year-old inmate was back in custody Friday after escaping from a state prison in Lancaster by stowing away inside a garbage truck--only to wind up compacted into a bale of trash and dumped in a landfill, authorities said. The injured prisoner, Steven Charles Brigida, called for help Thursday morning as a landfill tractor closed in on the trash mound in which he had been discarded.
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January 4, 1997 | TINA DAUNT and ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Sheriff's officials have temporarily stopped placing newly convicted inmates in the work-release program, giving department trouble-shooters time to overhaul a problem-plagued system that has returned thousands of habitual offenders to the streets without even a cursory review of their criminal histories. "What we have decided to do is really triage the whole program and find out from a historical perspective what has happened," custody chief Barry King said in an interview Friday.
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September 21, 1995 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS and DANICA KIRKA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were scouring the area around the Pitchess Detention Center on Wednesday as they continued a search for three inmates who made an early morning escape through a roof--the second such jailbreak from the Castaic compound's maximum security facility this year.
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May 2, 1995 | JULIE TAMAKI and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Law enforcement officers captured two more escapees Monday from a mass jailbreak in Castaic but kept hunting for two others--including a Salvadoran gang member convicted of manslaughter--as some worried residents near the jail checked locks and readied guns. One of the snared inmates, a murder suspect, was arrested at a seedy hotel on Los Angeles' Skid Row, about 45 miles southeast of the Santa Clarita Valley jail.
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April 18, 1990 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A convicted murderer whose absence went undetected for 25 days apparently escaped from Los Angeles County Jail last month after slipping his handcuffs while waiting for a jail bus and then scaling a security wall, sheriff's officials said Tuesday. Victor Castrellanos, a gang member serving a 32-year-to-life sentence, was officially listed Tuesday as an escaped prisoner after sheriff's deputies failed to find him during an check of the County Jail system.
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September 13, 1989 | ANDREA FORD, Times Staff Writer
Two alleged Los Angeles-based drug traffickers and the brother of a reputed Colombian drug kingpin helped the kingpin escape from the Los Angeles County Jail two years ago, according to a federal court document. A law enforcement affidavit filed this week in U.S. District Court contends that 31-year-old Carl Croom of Rialto and Croom's brother, Kenneth, arranged the Aug. 25, 1987, escape of William Londono from the Central Jail, just east of downtown.
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July 18, 2001 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Following a long night in which Sheriff's Department officials believed escaped inmate Kevin Jerome Pullum might surrender, sheriff's deputies spent the day Tuesday chasing leads from Hawthorne to West Hollywood in search of the attempted murder convict. But Pullum, who walked out of Twin Towers jail in downtown Los Angeles 12 days ago, continued to elude authorities. As a result, deputies appealed to Pullum's relatives to assist them in encouraging him to surrender.
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July 17, 2001 | BETH SHUSTER and KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Kevin Jerome Pullum, whose escape from Twin Towers jail July 6 prompted a massive manhunt and an extensive Sheriff's Department investigation into its jail security measures, negotiated the terms of his surrender late Monday night, but never turned himself in to authorities. Pullum's family members contacted KNBC-TV (Channel 4) and told news officials that the escaped felon would turn himself to weatherman Christopher Nance, said Sheriff's Lt. Carl Deeley.
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July 14, 2001 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kevin Jerome Pullum apparently used a fake identification card with a picture of actor Eddie Murphy from "Dr. Dolittle 2" on it to easily walk out of Twin Towers jail in a planned escape a week ago, sheriff's officials said Friday. The Sheriff's Department launched a massive manhunt for Pullum, 31, but by late Friday had failed to locate him.
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July 11, 2001 | BETH SHUSTER and DALONDO MOULTRIE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies continued their search Tuesday for an inmate who escaped from custody last week--including searching a Gardena motel--but the elusive man was nowhere to be found. Kevin Jerome Pullum has evaded deputies since he vanished Friday evening, hours after being convicted in Van Nuys Superior Court of attempted murder.
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January 24, 2000 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three escaping prisoners were injured, two seriously, over the weekend when their stolen van crashed during a high-speed chase near Acton, authorities said. The inmates, who were being extradited from jails and prisons in the Los Angeles area to correctional facilities in Nevada, Utah and other Western states, took the van during a rest stop after guards left the keys in the ignition. About 11:40 p.m.
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November 9, 1999
An inmate facing a robbery charge got away from sheriff's deputies at Pomona Municipal Court on Monday, but was found hiding in a clothes dryer in a nearby home about 30 minutes later, Pomona police said. Carlos Arias, 19, was bitten by a search dog and arrested in a home in the 400 block of West 8th Street, said Lt. Charlie Watts. He was expected to be booked on escape and burglary charges. Arias was being put into a Sheriff's Department van about 6 p.m. when he got away, Watts said.
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January 28, 1996
The father of an escaped inmate was arrested Saturday afternoon on suspicion of being an accessory to his son's jailbreak earlier this week, according to Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies. Rex Wayne Dobbins, 51, allegedly confessed to driving the getaway car when his son, Steven Dobbins, 26, of Lancaster escaped from a sheriff's bus at the Antelope Valley Courthouse on Friday morning, said Lt. Art Valenzuela of the Antelope Valley sheriff's station.
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April 17, 1998
Two teenage prisoners walked away from a juvenile probation camp Wednesday night, but authorities said the boys are not considered to be dangerous. The youths escaped from Camp Scutter, a military-style program run by the Los Angeles County Probation Department, between 6:45 and 8 p.m., according to Sgt. Bob Galarneau of the Sheriff's Department. "The camp itself is not a secure facility like our jails," Galarneau said. "They just walked away.
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June 9, 1999 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR
A sex offender mistakenly assigned to a brush clearance unit was recaptured late Monday night in El Monte, hours after he walked away from the work crew, authorities said. John Alvarez, 54, was serving a 90-day sentence at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic after he was convicted of being under the influence of a controlled substance and petty theft, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
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June 8, 1999 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN
A registered sex offender mistakenly assigned to a fire suppression crew by Los Angeles County sheriff's officials escaped Monday afternoon when he caught a ride with a passing motorist, authorities said. John Alvarez, 54, was serving a 90-day sentence at the Pitchess Detention Center in Saugus after he was convicted of being under the influence of a controlled substance and petty theft, according to a statement from Sheriff's Lt. Michael Payne.
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