Escaped Merced County inmate captured

Officials say man forced open door and walked out

Merced Sun StarJune 21, 2013 

Merced County sheriff's deputies arrested escaped inmate Juan Ruvalcaba Medina in the south Dos Palos area Monday evening, authorities reported Tuesday.

After an extensive investigation, Medina was found hiding at a house in the area, according to deputy Delray Shelton.

Medina tried to flee, but was captured after a short foot chase by deputy Adam Deniz and his K-9 partner Tyson.

Medina was booked at the Merced County Jail. Before the escape he had been serving a two-year sentence under the state's prison realignment law. He was scheduled to be deported.

He being held at the jail in connection with probation and felony narcotics charges, in addition to the escape charge.

Deputies said Medina was reported missing about 2:45 a.m. Monday after correctional officers had conducted an inmate head count.

Medina had been working on an inmate kitchen crew when he escaped. Investigators learned that a door to the kitchen had been forced open, allowing him to exit the building and get into a vehicle that was waiting to pick him up, according to Shelton.

Medina is being held without bail.

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