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Pitchess Fugitive Inmates Captured In Castaic


Winder Estuardo Barrios, left, Jose Antonio Aldana, right.

UPDATED 6:44 p.m. Wednesday - Two inmates who escaped from the Pitchess Detention Center early Wednesday morning were captured and returned to custody without incident Wednesday afternoon.

A 911 call to the Santa Clarita Valley station shortly after 5 p.m. tipped deputies off to the inmates' whereabouts.

Sgt. Brian Allen said that the caller told them that two men had approached him and asked him for clothing. Deputies responding to the location - the AMS Fulfillment warehouse in the Hasley Canyon area of Castaic -  they found both Winder Barrios and Jose Aldana sitting inside a storage container and took them into custody.

The escape set off alarms in the Castaic area shortly after 6 a.m., although the duo had been missing since at least 3:15, when they were absent from a head count. They had last been seen working on the loading dock area near the food service area at North County Correctional Facility.

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said that the two men were neighbors from Van Nuys and were both arrested for armed robbery in April 2009. The L.A. District Attorney's spokeswoman added that they were arrested after using a shotgun during a home invasion robbery and had held up victims in Hollywood.