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* Craig Souza is Back in Custody After Escaping From the Santa Cruz County Jail on Monday


A Santa Cruz man is back in police custody today after escaping from the Santa Cruz County Jail Monday. Deputies from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office re-arrested Craig Souza, a 34-year-old Santa Cruz resident around 12:30 p.m. after Souza turned himself in. Detectives had contacted him by phone, according to the sheriff’s office.

Souza was discovered missing from the Santa Cruz County Jail around 7:10 p.m. Monday after he was apparently able to walk through a staff door, past a guard who was monitoring security cameras and out the jail doors, sheriff’s officials said. Souza had been arrested about two hours earlier on suspicion of a probation violation and providing a false name to a police officer, the sheriff’s office said. After Souza was reported missing, the jail was immediately locked down, and a notice was issued to all Santa Cruz law enforcement officials, the sheriff’s office said.     According to deputies, Souza is being interviewed by detectives and will be booked into the Santa Cruz County Main Jail again — this time on charges that include escape.

Souza was the first person to escape from the Santa Cruz County Main Jail since 2003, when two inmates escaped via the laundry room, according to the sheriff’s office. About 12,000 inmates are booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail each year, according to the sheriff’s office.

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  • I am craig Souzas wife and I disapprove of how my husband has been displayed as a bad person, he is a grate man a wonderful father, and can and has been a responsible person in the community. He has always been helpful, and sweet to anyone in need, he has made a difference in how a lot of people think when feeling down on themselves, and he knows that what he has done in the past or these last 23 arrest was him giving up on himself due to judgmental minds and ways of thinking. Mr. Souza is not a criminal, and has a lot of potential. People need to stop speaking on unknown threads, and worry about themselves, maybe give one another a chance, maybe stop and ask about someones history before label. No matter, Mr. Souza is missed dearly by those who do care and do know, and has listened long enough to understand. not to be mocked and made an example of, he to is only human, and is just another believer that love can con-core any battle.

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