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L.A. inmate escapes from jail, is found in hot tub

L.A. inmate escapes from jail, is found in hot tub
An inmate allegedly escaped through the parking lot of the Lomita sheriff's station and ended up in a Jacuzzi. (KTLA)

A jail inmate was found hiding in a hot tub Sunday in the backyard of a Lomita home.

The inmate, a "trustee" worker at the L.A. County sheriff's station in Lomita, allegedly walked off the job and, eventually, into a Jacuzzi at the house in the 25900 block of Cypress Street.

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Arturo Valenzuela's escape at about 2:40 p.m. Sunday through the station's parking lot sparked an hours-long search that extended into surrounding neighborhoods, deputies said.

Finally, their search led them to a Jacuzzi somewhat filled with water, KTLA reported.

Valenzuela was arrested and taken to a hospital for an ankle injury that he suffered during the apparent escape attempt, deputies said.

He was booked on suspicion of escape and was being held on $100,000 bail, deputies said.

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