County jail escapee surrenders after two years on the lam

May 03, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

Two years ago Angel Solis Lopez escaped from an Imperial County jail work detail and remained at large after fleeing into Mexicali.

On Tuesday Lopez turned himself in to authorities.

According to county Sheriff's Office Sgt. Delfino Matus, the 22-year-old Lopez contacted a county correctional sergeant and announced he was ready to hand himself over to the county Sheriff's Office.

A place was designated in Calexico where Lopez could meet deputies after he crossed the border.

At 11 p.m. Lopez was taken into custody, Matus said. He remained in county jail this morning with his bail set at $25,000.

He was arrested on a warrant for the jail escape.

When Lopez escaped he had been serving a nine-month sentence for a vehicle-code violation. Information on how much longer Lopez had to serve when he fled was unavailable.


Lopez on Tuesday also was taken into custody on a warrant in connection with the shooting of an inhabited dwelling.

Matus said that reported shooting would have occurred before Lopez started to serve his sentence on the traffic violation.

Matus said he was unsure why Lopez turned himself in after two years. He added while that does not happen often, it is not unprecedented.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be contacted at 337-4082.

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