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Santa Barbara County inmate worker briefly escapes from laundry detail

Gerardo Vasquez Rivera
Posted at 5:18 PM, Jul 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-11 20:18:54-04

An inmate worker at the Santa Barbara County Jail was arrested and rebooked into custody after briefly escaping from laundry detail on Saturday.

According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, 19-year-old Gerardo Vasquez Rivera of Oxnard was on the loose for about 40 minutes after running away during a shift at the Sheriff's laundry facility adjacent to the main jail.

Deputies searched the area and found Vasquez Rivera on Cathedral Oaks at Via Chaparral, where he was retaken into custody without further incident.

He was treated at a nearby hospital for injuries he sustained during his attempted escape, according to authorities.

Vasquez Rivera was originally booked by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office on May 11, 2020 for two counts of burglary, obstructing a peace officer, concealing a stolen weapon, burglary and other charges.

Officials say Vasquez Rivera was also booked for a warrant from Ventura County for giving false ID to a peace officer, receiving known stolen property, two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, two counts of vehicle theft and driving without a license.

He was being held on $90,000 bail.

Vasquez Rivera was rebooked on an escape from a county jail (felony) charge and is now being held without bail, according to officials.