Three inmates in the Tuolumne County Jail were caught trying to break out a window in their housing unit with a metal bar and broom and mop handles on Sunday in what the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office is calling a failed escape attempt.
Sgt. Andrea Benson said the men were spotted on a surveillance video — and heard — at about 5 p.m. when they attempted to bash out the window to a unit leading to the outside of the jail.
They made a large hole in the window but couldn’t get out before jail deputies stopped them by locking them into a cell. The men took apart items inside their unit to make the escape tools, she said.
The suspects were housed in the same cell with 13 men in their unit, Benson said.
The inmates were identified as Larry Vannatta, 44, of Copperopolis; Josiah Silveira, 38, of Ceres; and Jacob Sabins, 28, transient.
Benson said Sabins and Silveira had not yet been sentenced.
Sabins was in custody on a DUI charge, bringing drugs into a jail and a probation violation.
Silveira was facing charges of criminal conspiracy, grand theft and ID theft.
Benson did not identify if Vannatta was sentenced on the charges against him which included, committing a felony while out on bail, attempted burglary, burglary, battery against peace officer, resisting arrest, warrants for possession of a firearm while a felon or addict, possession of a controlled substance for sale, endangering the health of a child, failing to appear while on bail and a Calaveras County warrant for spousal abuse.
According to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office Crimegraphics page, they were booked on fresh charges at about 1 a.m. Monday.
They were each charged on suspicion of attempting to escape from jail while charged with a felony, criminal conspiracy and attempting to commit a felony.
According to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office logs, Vannatta was arrested on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer with threats or violence, burglary, attempted burglary, battery on a peace officer, committing a felony while on bail and possession of a controlled substance for sale following on the 20500 block of Nashua Road in Sonora on May 30.
According to a press release, Vannatta was accused of attacking a CHP officer and a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office deputy while they investigated a stolen vehicle. Vannatta was tased by law enforcement, but the taser appeared to have no effect.
He was arrested when additional deputies arrived.
He was later found to be in possession of 12 grams of methamphetamine and the keys to the stolen vehicle.
Vannatta was arrested on suspicion of squatting at a home on the 4000 block of Edgewater Court in Copperopolis in December 2018 by the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.
Silveira was arrested in October 2018 after an investigation into check fraud at a grocery store in Tuolumne County grocery store. He was found at Black Oak Casino in possession of checks, a laptop, printer and blank check paper.
Sabins has multiple pending warrants and was arrested in January 2019 at Black Oak Casino for possession of a controlled substance, obstructing a peace officer and bringing drugs or alcohol into jail, according to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office logs.