Update: Escaped Inmate Found Riding a Bike in Dublin

Jose Luis Franco tried to run when police found him but was caught.

A seven-hour search came to an end Monday night when Alameda County sheriff's deputies detained an inmate who had escaped from the in Dublin this afternoon, a sheriff's dispatcher said.

Jose Luis Franco, 57, was found riding a bike in Dublin at around 9:30 p.m. and was taken back to jail without incident, the dispatcher said.

"He ran but he got caught," the dispatcher said.

Franco was returning from court this afternoon when he "somehow was able to breach the wall of the jail," sheriff's spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said earlier today. Franco, who was in jail for burglary charges out of Oakland, was reported missing at around 2 p.m.

Police used helicopters, K-9 units and officers on motorcycles to try and locate Franco. The search was focused in the hills between Dublin and San Ramon and the surrounding area. 

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Patch editors Patrick Creaven, Erika Conner and Bay City News contributed to this report.

Mike S January 10, 2012 at 10:19 PM
3 hours until you were notified? Why would you guess or lie about that time line? Riding around on a bike for 8 hours? If you were an escaped inmate - you'd ride around for 8 hours?...of course not..he was hiding most of the time. Release prisoners in the middle of the night and then order them immediately off the property? Again, why lie when you are unaware of the policies. I would hope you are a better example to your children than to lie in this forum.
d January 10, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Dublin Mom, thank you. My main questions still stands, why is the DUSD notifying the public? Why not the sheriff or some other public safety agency? To that point, why would only parents of schoolchildren be notified, are senior citizens or people at home not in danger? You are correct, if there was concern about the children, immediately closing campus would be appropriate and I would not have minded (I would have much appreciated) a phone call update Also, does anyone know if there a policy that if there is a jail escape that schools will be closed? I wasn't aware of that, but that is the only legitimate reason that I could think of for the phone call, to let us know school would be open/closed.
Dublin Mom January 10, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Oh, dear, Mike, you really are ignorant about the policies of Santa Rita, but that is no excuse for calling anyone a liar or making rude comments about my mothering skills. Before you make a public declaration of inaccurate information, you should know what you are talking about, not just what you think the world should be like. As a citizen who assists people at all hours, I have been called to personally pick up people who do not have access to rides from this facility on multiple occasions. After midnight, only men are released. Women are released after breakfast. Any departing prisoner may be given a BART pass, but they have to get there by foot or by taking one of the taxi's. They are threatened with arrest for loitering if they do not get off the property. This is why you see groups of men go to the nearest gas station, the Shell at Hacienda Crossings, after midnight. Within 15 minutes of being called and getting to the facility, I missed the man that I came to pick up; he and the others were ordered away. This was verified by several men they were with when I finally tracked him and his friend down. 15 minutes. The three hours timeline was obtained from the facts given by the police and the times that the DUSD phone calls and media coverage began. Read, don't speculate and spout. I admit that I was teasing about the 8 hrs. on a bike. Get a sense of humor. How this happened 2X in less than a yr. is gross negligance.
Dublin Mom January 11, 2012 at 12:45 AM
d: I remember a few years ago when I was at DHS for a meeting and it went on lock down, as did a few other Dublin schools. Two suspects had stolen a vehicle and left it on the side of the road off of the Alcosta freeway exit. They were at large. The police quickly notified DUSD. DUSD properly locked everything down immediately. I even ran into Superintendent Sugiyama at Dublin El later. He was personally out there to watch out for the kids, to make sure that everyone was safe, and to allay the fears of parents. This new situation happened after 2; the schools were still in session. Last night, I spoke to a woman who works at an E. Dublin school. She knew nothing about yesterday's incident. She learned of the suspect when I got the phone call and told her. I therefore don't believe that DUSD was immediately notified by the police. Superintendent Hanke would have locked down at least the E. Dublin schools and sent out calls to let parents know that all children would have to be picked up by an adult. Hanging on to this information just does not sound like the Dr. Hanke that I know. I agree that the entire community should have been notified immediately by the Sheriff's Dept. If I lived in E. Dublin, I'd be livid.
James Morehead January 11, 2012 at 03:25 AM
I agree with with Lisa - the District isn't trigger happy with sending out alerts so I don't see any harm done with being informed.


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