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K-9 thwarts jail escape

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POSTED April 9, 2014 1:41 a.m.

FRENCH CAMP – Edward Blake was facing the possibility of spending the rest of his life behind bars.  

But despite a Hollywood-caliber plot, the 22-year-old only made it 200-yards towards freedom before a San Joaquin County Sherriff’s Department canine thwarted his chance to disappear back into the populace. 

Blake was apprehended shortly after 4 p.m. on Monday after he had apparently swapped his jail clothing – the orange suit he wore as a general population ward for the blue getup of the less-restrictive honor farm – while appearing in San Joaquin County Superior Court in Downtown Stockton. 

When he was transported back to the French Camp facility, he attempted to flee over a fence and was taken into custody shortly thereafter, where officers uncovered the plot. 

Blake, who was facing charges of robbery as well as California’s Three Strikes felony enhancement that would have sent him to prison for 25 years, had arranged to secure the clothing of Jamaine Laws, who had been in the custody of the Sherriff’s Department since March 27 and was facing a series of misdemeanor charges including petty theft and trespassing. 

According to the Sherriff’s Department website, Blake has been in custody since Feb. 12 and faced an additional charge out of Solano County for possession of a controlled substance while in jail or prison. In total he has three active cases on his docket – two of which prevent him from making bail. 

Blake was arrested by Stockton Police officers in connection with a series of robberies. When he was contacted by officers – who recognized him as a parolee – he attempted to flee, and was additionally charged with resisting arrest. He is set to appear in the Manteca branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court today at 1:25 p.m. 

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