Sheriff: Canyon County Jail inmate escapes, caught almost immediately

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The Canyon County Sheriff's Office says an inmate in the minimum security tent facility at the jail escaped Wednesday morning, but was quickly apprehended.

Deputies say Eric Garcia, 37, of Caldwell, appeared to have cut through siding in the shower area and then climbed over a 10-foot fence that had razor wire on top of it in order to get out of the facility.

The sheriff's office says Garcia is being held in the jail on charges of felony domestic battery with traumatic injury, felony attempted strangulation, and a felony probation violation. More charges are expected.

Numerous escapes have occurred at the facility in recent years.

Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue says the tent was always designed at a temporary stop-gap measure and that more escape attempts should be expected.

The sheriff has been vocal about the need for a facility with increased capacity. Recently, a study reported that the county needed an additional 1000 beds to handle the expected need looking forward.

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