Escaped Merced County inmate captured in Oregon

vpatton@mercedsunstar.com.July 13, 2013 

SUN-STAR PHOTO BY MIKE NORTH Bookings at the John Latorraca Correctional Center have caused serious delays for law enforcement agencies throughout Merced County.

MIKE NORTH — Merced Sun-Star

An inmate who escaped from John Latorraca Correctional Center in April is back in the custody of law enforcement.

Manuel Carreno Garcia, 25, was arrested July 4 by police in Roseburg, Ore., 70 miles south of Eugene.

Officer Jeff Eichenbusch, a spokesman for Roseburg police, said officers responded to a call of a man trying to fight with people in a shopping center. Police took Garcia into custody on suspicion of misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

After Garcia was detained, police learned he had an outstanding warrant as an escaped inmate from Merced County. Eichenbusch said Garcia soon will be sent back.

Eichenbusch said he didn't know why Garcia turned up in Roseburg, or whether the inmate has family or friends there.

Garcia, along with inmates Felipe Angel Lopez-Valle, 26, and Brandon Crane, 29, escaped from John Latorraca on April 6 after moving a fluorescent light fixture in their housing unit and making a hole in the ceiling.

Through the opening, they escaped onto the roof of the facility, jumped to the ground and scaled the security fence.

Garcia was wanted on deportation proceedings, assault with a deadly weapon and felony domestic violence. He'll likely have escape charges added.

Crane was captured by Merced County sheriff's deputies a few days after his escaped. Crane is held on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, violation of parole and other firearms charges.

Lopez-Valle, a Riverbank resident, remains at large. He's wanted on escape, deportation proceedings, resisting and obstructing arrest, receiving and possession of stolen property, vehicle theft and driving with a nonvalid license. He is Latino, has black hair and brown eyes, is about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 216 pounds.

City Editor Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or vpatton@mercedsunstar.com.

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