DUBLIN (CBS 5) — A seven-hour search came to an end Monday night when Alameda County sheriff’s deputies detained an inmate who had escaped from the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin Monday afternoon, a sheriff’s dispatcher said.

Jose Luis Franco, 57, was found riding a bike in Dublin at around 9:30 p.m. and was taken back to jail without incident, the dispatcher said.

“He ran but he got caught,” the dispatcher said.

Franco was returning from court Monday afternoon when he “somehow was able to breach the wall of the jail,” sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said earlier Monday.

Franco, who was in jail for burglary charges out of Oakland, was reported missing at around 2 p.m.

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Comments (6)
  1. Oh Man says:

    he probably escaped thru a hole left by that cannon ball..

  2. Sigmund says:

    Sloppy work, by some sloppy Deputy. Hope the Deputy that dropped the ball gets a good A$$ chewing.

  3. Ohseriously says:

    Bad day to be a fat, middle-aged, balding Hispanic man in Dublin. Hey, didn’t I just see him at the Dublin Bowling Alley?

  4. ronnie says:

    What a bunch of idiots! Someone else had to tell them that a man escaped and it took 3 hours before they sheepishly determined that they should mention this to the public? Alameda County Sheriffs and Dublin PD should be ashamed!

  5. Ms. Debbie says:

    He was merrily riding a bike around Dublin for 8 hours? It sounds like he was just playing with a bunch of fools. Dublin PD, Santa Rita authorities and the entire Alameda County Sheriff’s Dept. really looked bad today.

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