Fugitive captured in Los Angeles hot tub


How very California.

A three-hour search in Southern California for an escaped inmate ended when he was discovered hiding in a backyard hot tub.

Sheriff’s deputies captured Arturo Valenzuela, 23, after searching the area around the jail at the department's Lomita station Sunday afternoon.

The Daily News reports, “Deputies immediately began searching for Valenzuela and found him three hours later in the backyard Jacuzzi in a residence about a half mile away. Smith did not know if it was full of water when he jumped in.

Valenzuela, who had previously served a year in jail from a number of charges including robbery, was charged with escape and is now being held on $100,000 bail, police said.

He suffered an ankle injury during his escape and was treated at a local hospital.

Smith said because of the escape he will no longer be given the "inmate worker" status and will not be allowed outside of the jail facilities.”



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