Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Deuel Vocational Institution Escapee Captured

TRACY – On Tuesday, May 27, 2008, at approximately 8:30 p.m., an escaped state prison inmate from Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy was captured.

Tony Jones, 21, who escaped from custody Tuesday afternoon from the San Joaquin County Courthouse in Stockton, was apprehended by special agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Office of Correctional Safety at a residence in Richmond, California. Inmate Jones was transported back to DVI late last night.

Jones was received from Amador County on February 20, 2007 with a three-year term for assault with a deadly weapon.

DVI houses reception center inmates from 19 Northern California counties and minimum- and medium-custody general population male inmates. The institution houses approximately 3,800 inmates and employs approximately 1,300 people.

BACKGROUND

On Tuesday, May 27, 2008, at approximately 2 p.m., a state prison inmate from Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) in Tracy escaped from custody from the San Joaquin County Courthouse.

DVI transportation officers were unloading three inmates into the rear of the courthouse for court appearances. The transportation officers responded when inmate Kirk Robbins, 22, displayed symptoms of a seizure. While tending to Robbins, inmates Richard Potts, 39, and Tony Jones, 21, slipped their handcuffs and escaped into the downtown Stockton area. Custody staff immediately gave chase and apprehended Potts.

Inmate Jones was chased further in the downtown area and was last seen fleeing the area as a passenger in a late model CL600 black Mercedes Benz with temporary plates with the name “Eaton.” Jones was committed from Amador County in 2007 and was serving a three-year term for assault with a deadly weapon. Jones is a black male, 5’ 10”, 185 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair, and a medium build.

DVI houses reception center inmates from 19 Northern California counties and minimum- and medium-custody general population male inmates. The institution houses approximately 3,800 inmates and employs approximately 1,300 people.