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Pima County Sheriff's Department Captures Escaped Inmate

Pima County Sheriff's Office

Authorities have recaptured a Pima County jail inmate whose escape wasn't detected for about 12 hours.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department said 29-year-old Jose Fernandez escaped late Tuesday afternoon by breaking through steel mesh covering an exercise yard and that his escape wasn't reported until Wednesday morning.

The department said an investigation is underway but that it appears inmates in the exercise yard weren't adequately monitored and that an evening headcount wasn't conducted appropriately.

The department said Fernandez was recaptured Wednesday night and that he was jailed while awaiting trial on charges of aggravated assault, auto theft and vandalism.

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