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SAN DIEGO - A handcuffed suspect who escaped from the downtown San Diego police station Sunday was back in custody a little more than an hour after his escape, police said.

People at the Fish Market told FOX 5 they were enjoying a quiet lunch when there was a sudden disruption.

“We were starting to order. The waitress walked away and suddenly police officers started running past us,” Susan Woolley said.

Officers chased after the escapee who jumped into the harbor near the G Street Pier south of the USS Midway museum.

“A man swam out from under the water and apparently he was handcuffed. We didn’t notice up front, but his hands were in front. He got to a piece of debris and hung on,” Woolley told FOX 5.

Police surrounded him and called for him to surrender. Eventually, officers say he got tired of swimming and they were able to fish him out of the water.

“When they had him out of the water he was completely compliant. He had given up,” Woolley said.

Police have identified the suspect as Jaquin Castro.

Castro is the same man who was arrested in North Park early Sunday morning after a domestic disturbance call.

A woman told detectives the 42-year-old had broken into her home, robbed and attacked her.

Castro allegedly ran from police and then barricaded himself in a garage.

They eventually got him out and restrained him.

Hours later he managed to escape officers as he was being processed at the downtown police station located at 1401 Broadway, according to officer Dino Delimitros.

 

Officers said they do not want to reveal how Castro escaped because they do not want to give others any ideas.