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Jail inmate attempts escape from rural work farm, leads pursuing officers on rooftop to rooftop chase

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"Due to his actions, Inmate Tino Scott is now housed in Administrative Segregation facing a new felony charge," authorities said.San Joaquin Co. Sheriff

Alert correctional officers stopped an inmate who tried to escape from a Northern California jail last week, sheriff’s officials said.

The attempted escape happened at the San Joaquin County Honor Farm located in French Camp, south of Sacramento and east of San Francisco.

“The swift actions of San Joaquin County Correctional Officers at the Honor Farm stopped an inmate from escaping on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, a little after 7:00 p.m.,” the Sheriff’s Office stated. “As the Housing Officer was supervising recreation time in an adjacent yard, he heard an interior door alarm go off and responded. It was at that time he witnessed an inmate (later identified as Tino Scott, 31) attempt to enter an attached restricted recreational yard. The Housing Officer immediately gave Inmate Scott a verbal order to step away from the door and return to his bunk area; Inmate Scott did not comply.”

The sheriff’s office said the inmate did the exact opposite. He bolted, they said.

“Scott made a run for it and ran out the alarmed door into the restricted recreational yard,” the Sheriff stated. “Scott scaled a metal shielding that covered a ladder attached to the wall and climbed up and onto the housing unit's roof. The Officer gave the inmate direct orders to stop and get down, and he did not comply. The Officer immediately called on the radio for assistance and advised staff of the situation. Inmate Scott ran from rooftop to rooftop and landed behind the kitchen. As the Correctional staff was running on the ground to stay up with Inmate Scott running on the rooftops, they lost sight of him for a brief moment. An Officer then spotted him crouched down, hiding by the trash compactor located near the kitchen. The chase began again and ended behind the Honor Farm Housing Unit, near the Motor Pool area. Inmate Scott ran to a county-owned vehicle and found it to be unlocked, and jumped in the car.”

But alert deputies were determined not to let the inmate escape.

“Correctional staff was close behind him and grabbed the door as soon as he closed it, not allowing him to lock himself in the vehicle,” they said. “The Officer opened the door, and the inmate quickly crawled to the other side and exited the car's passenger door. Unbeknownst to Inmate Scott, another Correctional Officer was close to the passenger side of the said vehicle to assist in his capture. Inmate Scott ran out of the passenger door and towards the Officers vehicle, attempting to get in yet another car.”

The incident would soon come to a peaceful conclusion.

“This is where the road ended for Inmate Scott, as he was taken into custody,” the Sheriff’s Office stated. “Inmate Scott was restrained and transported to the main jail to have charges added and to be re-housed.”

As a result of the escape attempt, Scott was moved to a more secure facility, the Sheriff’s Office stated.

“Inmate Scott was a sentenced inmate housed at the Honor Farm, where he was to serve his time,” according to investigators. “Due to his actions, Inmate Tino Scott is now housed in Administrative Segregation facing a new felony charge of PC 4532(A)(1) Escape jail while charged with a misdemeanor.”

In an unrelated incident, an Alameda County Sheriff’s Office employee was attacked and carjacked when a recently released suspect went after her as he was leaving Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, Calif.

“Luke Barbero was released from Santa Rita Jail after stealing a laptop in Dublin. At 10pm, he beat and carjacked an employee of the jail and fled in the vehicle,” the Sheriff’s Office stated. “A pursuit ensued from Dublin to Hayward, then back to Dublin again. He drove the car to the Dublin Courthouse and surrendered.”

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