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

Inmate walks off 'trustee' job and into a Jacuzzi

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.

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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