Photos released of fugitive who escaped East County sheriff’s station


LEMON GROVE, Calif. — Sheriff’s deputies were searching for an arrestee who escaped from a Lemon Grove sheriff’s station early Friday.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department began searching for the escapee near the substation on Main Street just after 4 a.m. Deputies say Jovany Gallardo, who also goes by “Giovanni,” was being detained on a drug warrant and was facing federal charges when he escaped without handcuffs.

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“Deputies immediately began a search of the surrounding area utilizing additional resources such as a K-9, helicopter and a drone, but Gallardo was not located,” San Diego County Crime Stoppers said in a news release that also included several images of the suspect.

Gallardo was last seen walking on Lemon Grove Avenue, officials said. He is a Hispanic man, stands 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs around 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a Navy blue shirt with the word Champion on the front and light blue jeans. He has tattoos all over his arms and calves. 

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