San Jose: Man rams through security gate at main jail and dries into parking garage

SAN JOSE — A man rammed through the security gate at the Main Jail early Sunday morning and drove into a lower-level parking structure but was quickly arrested, the Sheriff’s Office said.

At about 4:16 a.m. Sunday deputies responded to the Main Jail in San Jose for a report of a tan-colored SUV that rammed through the east security gate and drove into the lower-level parking structure.

Officers from the Santa Clara Police Department and Campbell Police Department who were at the jail booking they rown arrestees into custody, quickly detained the suspect and later identified him as 51-year-old Modesto Esquivel, the Sheriff’s office said.

Officials said the collision caused significant damage to the security gate though no one was injured. Esquivel was booked into the Main Jail for damaging jail property.

The incident over the weekend comes just days after Santa Clara County deputies and numerous other law enforcement responded to the Main Jail after an armed suspect fired shots at an officer there early Wednesday morning.

The nearly lethal confrontation unfolded when a man arrested by San Jose police slipped his handcuffs off and squeezed through a Plexiglas barrier before grabbing an officer’s gun and shooting him.

The shooting touched off an hours-long standoff that ended with the man’s arrest, who police identified as 40-year-old Joseph Castro.

No one was injured in the encounter and Castro was formally charged Friday with attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a handgun.

Sheriff’s deputies are continuing to investigate the incident and are asking anyone with information to contact the Sheriff’s Office Investigations division main line at 408-808-4500. You can also use the anonymous tip line at 408-807-4431.

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