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3 escape SJ honor farm in 2 weeks

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POSTED May 9, 2014 1:36 a.m.

STOCKTON – Three men have escaped from the San Joaquin County Honor Farm in the last two weeks.

And the San Joaquin County Sherriff’s Department is still searching for them.

Just a week after two men tried to pull off a daring, jail-issue clothing escape after appearing at the San Joaquin County Superior Court building in Downtown Stockton, 22-year-old Matthew Cook scaled a fence and was last spotted by inmates running into a field. He hadn’t yet been sentenced, but was arrested by Stockton Police for assault on a police officer, two counts of burglary, attempted burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime. 

Cook, who has a “TT” tattoo that includes three skulls and a gun on his left upper arm, was last seen wearing blue pants and a grey sweatshirt. He is listed at 5-foot, 7-inches and weighing 170 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. 

Just two days later Melvin Rasberry, a 42-year-old that supposedly knew Cook, came up missing when deputies conducted a count at the end of the day. According to his booking information, Rasberry is a 5-foot, 7-inch, 180-pound black male with a broken upper tooth. He also goes by the name of Bill. 

This past Sunday, May 4, Blake Walker, a 28-year-old from Stockton, was spotted climbing into a black SUV on Wolf Road towards French Camp Road and hasn’t been seen since. He was charged with forgery, possession of stolen property, burglary and violating his parole. He is described as a 170-pound, 5-foot, 8-inch white male with hazel eyes and brown. 

Anyone with any information about the location of Cook, Rasberry or Walker is encouraged to contact the San Joaquin County Sherriff’s Department at (209) 468-4400 or to “Text-a-Tip” to “274637” by entering SJSO, leaving a space, and then entering the tip. 

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