[This post, which has been slightly altered, was originally published Sept. 20.]
We’ve given San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks a rough time over the past year and a half, what with the Las Vegas brothel debacle and all, but the county’s law enforcement team took a big step toward redemption last month with the capture of Josue Raul “Ojitos” Orozco in Texas.
Orozco escaped from the county’s brand-spanking-new Youth Services Center on Feb. 14 and was thought at various points to have absconded to the Central Valley, Mexico or planet Saturn.
To be honest, we thought this dude was gone. Whether “Ojitos” was sipping mojitos in Central America or holed up in a shack in Modesto, the Insider didn’t have much confidence we’d ever hear from him again.
But a tip led sheriff’s investigators to contact law enforcement officials in San Antonio, who brought the 18-year-old reputed gang member and homicide suspect into custody.
Sheriff’s Lt. Ray Lunny declined to elaborate on the nature of the tip because of concerns about retaliation.
“We’re talking about someone that shot and killed someone else and it didn’t apparently bother him at all,” Lunny said. “I don’t want that to happen to someone else.”