2 men in custody

Article subtitle: 
Escaped inmate found, Payette man arrested on attempted murder
Article author: 
Mackenzie McCreary
Article publisher: 
The Argus Observer
Article date: 
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Article category: 
Oregon Issues
Article Body: 

ONTARIO — A Payette man was arrested on charges of attempted murder and assault in the second degree Saturday for allegedly stabbing an escaped inmate from Canyon County Jail.

According to Ontario Police Department’s Sgt. Rick Esplin, David Tellez, of Payette, was arrested Saturday morning after an anonymous tip led them to find a man who escaped the Canyon County Jail with stab wounds.

Jose Esteban Coronado, who escaped a Canyon County Jail tent Jan. 30, was arrested Saturday morning ...

Esplin said Coronado had several stab wounds on his body when they found him. He was transported to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Ontario for treatment before being booked into Malheur County Jail where he is currently waiting to be transferred back to Canyon County. Coronado, who authorities say cut through the exterior wall of a tent housing unit and escaped a week ago, now faces a felony escape charge. He had been jailed for violating a no contact order and a U.S. immigration detainer.

Further investigation led officers to process the scene of the stabbing, which took place Friday at an apartment complex on Northwest Fifth Street in Ontario; it also led to the arrest of David Tellez,...

This is not the first time Tellez has had run-ins with the law.

In 2009 he was arrested on charges of aggravated battery, following an altercation near the Minute Market in Payette that ended in the stabbing of a New Plymouth man.

While awaiting trial for those charges, Tellez was arrested again on several charges...

Esplin said they do not yet know the connection between Tellez and Coronado or the motivation for the stabbing.

The Ontario Police Department was assisted by the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force and the Oregon State Police.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.