Escaped inmate captured; Sheriff frustrated over escapes from minimum-security facility

Posted at 5:34 PM, Aug 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-01 19:42:46-04

An inmate who escaped from the Canyon County Jail’s minimum-security tent facility Sunday evening has been captured.

Abel Enrique Garcia, 21, escaped by climbing over the exterior fence during his evening outdoor recreation period, Canyon County spokesman Joe Decker said. “Once over the fence, Garcia climbed into a waiting vehicle and immediately exited the area. The driver of that vehicle, 41-year-old Bobbie Jo Guevara, was taken into custody (Monday) morning on charges of assisting an escape and resisting and obstructing officers,” Decker stated.

Garcia was located Monday in Emmett and taken into custody by the U.S. Marshal’s Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force without incident. The task force was assisting the Sheriff’s Office at the request of Sheriff Donahue. 
At the time of his escape, Garcia was facing numerous charges including carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, obstruct and delay, burglary, possession of burglary tools, providing false information to officers, and bond revocation.  He will now face additional felony escape charges, Decker stated.   

“This is the third escape we’ve had from our tent facility in the last year and it’s simply ridiculous,” said Sheriff Kieran Donahue. “This tent structure was never meant to house prisoners 24 hours a day, so it’s not surprising that we’ve had three such escapes.  It’s time our county looks for long term solutions to address our jail issues once and for all.”