LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Video has emerged of an inmate’s escape from the Men’s Central Jail earlier this month.
Following the escape, Los Angeles County jails were closed to visitors for two days after a prisoner briefly escaped from the jail even though he was quickly recaptured.READ MORE: LAPD Officers Shoot Person Suspected In Reported Assault In Pico-Union
Shortly after 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2., an inmate assaulted sheriff’s deputies and then ran out of the jail through the visitor’s area, authorities said.
Deputies chased the inmate on foot and he was caught on Rosabell Street near Vignes Street.
Three deputies suffered minor injuries. The suspect was hospitalized for injuries suffered from attempting to climb through barbed wire and falling off a wall, deputies said.
KCAL9’s Tom Wait says the video shows the inmate punching someone and then running down a hall. In the jail lobby, visitors are seen scrambling in fear. The inmate then goes airborn and kicks a guard — martial arts style — and then makes a beeline for the front door with deputies in hot pursuit.
The video was obtained by KFI Reporter Steve Gregory and was published Thursday.
‘Our whole facility was put on lockdown,” says former inmate Joseph Garibay.READ MORE: Newsom: California Employees, Healthcare Workers Must Show Proof Of COVID-19 Vaccination Or Test Weekly
He was locked up on the same day the escape went down.
“I just remember seeing these two guys run and like, a couple minutes later after that, some time after that, we were put on lockdown,” Garibay said.
The LA County Sheriff’s department is not commenting on the escape.
KFI reported the brief-escapee is 22-year-old Christian Paulk who was booked on a robbery in Palmdale. He was re-arrested a short time after he broke out. Police believe Paulk simply exploited weaknesses in the design of the aging jail.
“People freak out in there. They react and they hurt other prisoners,” says Bert Potter, a bail bondsman whose office is across from the jail.
Potter has been a bail bondsman for more that 60 years. He believes police let the guy run out of the lobby without using their weapons in order to protect innocent bystanders.
“They’re taught not to start anything, just try to let it run itself out,” Potter said.MORE NEWS: Woman Killed, Man Injured In Huntington Beach Hit-And-Run; Suspect Arrested
The LA County Board of Supervisors has approved budgeting for a new jail.