County Jail Inmate Escapes from Laundry Detail Job
Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
An inmate worker on a laundry detail was arrested and rebooked into custody after briefly escaping from the Sheriff’s laundry facility adjacent to the Main Jail. 19-year-old Gerardo Vasquez Rivera of Oxnard was on the loose for approximately 40 minutes. Deputies searched the area and located Vasquez Rivera on Cathedral Oaks at Via Chaparral, where he was retaken into custody without further incident.
Vasquez Rivera was originally booked by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office on May 11, 2020 for 2 counts of burglary, obstructing a peace officer, concealing a stolen weapon, possession of a loaded stolen weapon, burglary, burglary during a state of emergency, and attempted burglary. Vasquez Rivera was also booked for a warrant from Ventura County for giving false ID to a peace officer, receiving known stolen property, 2 counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, 2 counts of vehicle theft and driving without a license. He was being held on $90,000 bail.
Vasquez Rivera was treated at the hospital for injuries he sustained during his escape. He was rebooked on an escape from a county jail (felony) charge and is now being held without bail.
A citizen reported seeing a man wearing a blue Santa Barbara County Jail shirt on a County Road.