LOCAL : Jail Escapee Captured in Castaic

From Times wire service s

A man who slipped away from a minimum-security lockup in Saugus was captured this morning, a short while after he knocked on a Castaic resident's door and said he needed a change of clothing because he had escaped from jail, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

Edwardo Osuna, 18, was captured at 1 a.m. outside a McDonald's restaurant in the 27700 block of Lake Hughes Road in Castaic, Deputy Pat Hunter said.

About six hours earlier, Osuna and another inmate, Ismael Mendoza, 25, had walked away from the Peter Pitchess Honor Rancho, Hunter said. Mendoza was still at large. Both men had been serving short terms at the Saugus facility for narcotics convictions.

About midnight, deputies were alerted by a Castaic resident that a man had knocked on his door and asked for a change of clothing, admitting he needed the clothes because he had escaped from prison.

The resident said he gave the man a red T-shirt with a slogan printed on it.

Deputies later spotted a man wearing such a shirt and arrested him after he was identified as Osuna. He is being held at the Santa Clarita sheriff's substation jail, a maximum-security jail.

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