Monday, July 22, 2024

Escaped inmate accused of attempted murder captured in Los Angeles

An inmate who escaped from a California jail Sunday and is accused of attempted murder was taken into custody in Los Angeles on Monday, authorities said.

Deshaun Stamps, 29, of Riverside, absconded from the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga shortly before 12:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a statement from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Stamps left the jail during an “outside recreation period,” authorities said.

He was found Monday in Los Angeles and was taken into custody by the Los Angeles Police Department, said the sheriff’s office, which is working with the LAPD to get Stamps into sheriff’s office custody.

Deshaun Stamps
On June 16, 2024, deputies at the West Valley Detention Center in San Bernardino, Calif., discovered inmate Deshaun Stamps had escaped custody during an outside recreation period.San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Stamps had been in custody since January 30, 2023, over an attempted murder charge. A spokesperson for the jail said Stamps was attending hearings before a potential trial and had not been tracked down by authorities as of Monday afternoon.

He was charged in November 2022 with attempted murder, assault with a firearm on a peace officer, attempting to remove a peace officer’s firearm, resisting arrest and misdemeanor vandalism, according to the San Bernardino Sun newspaper. It was unclear Monday afternoon if Stamps had entered a plea in the case.

A judge expressed doubts about Stamps’ mental competency to stand trial and on Wednesday had ordered that he undergo a psychiatric evaluation, the news outlet reported. The criminal proceedings were suspended, and Stamps was to return to court on Aug. 14 for a hearing on the results of the evaluation, according to the newspaper.

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