Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies recapture two inmates after their brief escape

SONOMA COUNTY (KRON) — The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department has recaptured a pair of inmates who briefly escaped while loading into a prisoner transportation vehicle, Lt. Ed Hoener said.

At around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Hoener said a group of inmates at the Main Adult Detention Facility were preparing to be transported to the North County Detention Facility. That is when the two inmates ran away into nearby apartment complexes, deputies said.

Deputies found one inmate hiding in the bushes. The other inmate was found in nearby shrubbery by a K-9 team, the sheriff’s office said.

Sheriff’s deputies identified the inmates as 26-year-old Joshua Feddern-Wiles, of Santa Rosa, and his brother, 30-year-old Christopher Feddern-Wiles also of Santa Rosa. Joshua suffered minor injuries from the K-9 and was not cooperating with police, Hoener said.

Both inmates plead guilty on separate, unrelated charges in court earlier Tuesday, deputies said. They were awaiting sentencing on their cases, Hoener said.

The two brothers are now facing charges connected to their brief escape, according to the sheriff’s office. They are being held without bail and will be arraigned on Thursday.

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