SANTA ANA – A 27-year-old inmate who escaped from a minimum-security county jail Friday afternoon was found Saturday afternoon in Oceanside and taken back into custody, authorities said.
Max Edward Fernandez, who had been locked up at Irvine’s James A. Musick jail facility on suspicion of drug possession, first-degree burglary and receiving stolen property, was re-arrested at 1:43 p.m. Saturday, after Orange County sheriff’s investigators found him at an Oceanside restaurant eating by himself, said Orange County sheriff’s Lt. Jerry Carlsen.
Fernandez, whose last known residence was Laguna Niguel, was interviewed and booked at Men’s Central Jail in Santa Ana, Carlsen said.
“He will be housed appropriately,” Carlsen said. “He will not have the freedom he had at Musick.”
Carlsen said it was not immediately clear how authorities learned Fernandez was in Oceanside. He surrendered without incident Saturday and had no weapons on him, Carlsen said.
Authorities discovered Fernandez was missing from the Musick jail around 4 p.m. Friday, when he was unaccounted for during a security check.
He sustained minor injuries when he hopped a jail fence, Carlsen said.
Authorities used bloodhounds Friday night to search near the jail, and appealed to the public for help.
At the time of his escape, Fernandez was being held on suspicion of six felonies, including drug possession, first-degree burglary and receiving stolen property. He is facing sentencing enhancements because he was charged with another offense while released from custody.
Fernandez also faces prosecution on two felony drug possession charges.
He pleaded not guilty to all 11 felonies and two misdemeanors Wednesday, according to court records.
Fernandez was arrested Saturday on suspicion of escaping from custody, which is a felony, Carlsen said.
–Staff writer Alyssa Duranty contributed to this report.
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