Inmate Captured After Escaping Custody

A Tehama County jail inmate escaped for a short time Wednesday night. At around 6:30PM, a 21-year-old Corning man named Juan Luis Diaz was being booked for misdemeanor battery. The interior doors at the jail have electronic locks, but the mechanism failed on one of the doors. The failure went unnoticed and at 8:17PM staff opened exterior doors and gates for an officer to leave. That's when Diaz apparently took the opportunity to open the unlocked interior door. He reportedly ran through the pre-booking area and out the doors to freedom. Other law enforcement agencies were alerted and while searching the area Red Bluff Police Officers found Diaz walking along Elm Street near Main Street. He was arrested without a fight and brought back to jail. He had been gone for 36 minutes and had made it 3 blocks away. Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston says they've figured out what went wrong and taken steps to prevent it happening again.