Imperial County fugitive recaptured in Mexicali

Imperial County fugitive recaptured in Mexicali

MEXICALI, B.C., Mexico – A man who escaped from the Imperial County Jail last year was recaptured after being on the run for seven months.

Gilbert Acuña was taken into custody in Mexicali Monday night by Mexican authorities, according to Imperial County Sheriff Officials.

Acuña escaped from the minimum security facility at Imperial County jail while working in the laundry room June 12, 2015.

Officials say Acuña was in jail on drug charges and had already been sentenced when he escaped the jail.

Acuña was turned over to U.S. authorities Tuesday morning. He is now being held with no bail.

Deputies say they were able to find the 30-year-old with the help of U.S. Marshals, Homeland Security Investigations, FBI, and Procuraduria General de Justicia del Estado de Baja California.


About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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