Escapees flee into cornfield
Sept. 21, 1976: Before dawn a police helicopter searches a cornfield for escapees from the California Youth Authority training school.
Staff writers John Kendall and Jerry Belcher reported in the Sep. 22, 1976, Los Angeles Times:
CHINO – Thirteen inmates of the big California Youth Authority training school here escaped early Tuesday, leaving behind two badly battered correction officers and a riot-torn detention dormitory.
By midmorning, seven had been captured, including 20-year-old Jordan Flagg of Los Angeles, described as the ringleader of the riot-breakout.
Flagg and three others were flushed from a 50-acre cornfield near the school as scores of officers, backed up by a big corn-cutting machine, made sweeps through the dense, 8-to-10-foot stand of corn.
Three other escapees were captured about 7:10 a.m. in Ontario, about eight miles away. …
The cornfield was cordoned off by more than 200 CYA officers and lawmen drawn from neighboring communities. Two helicopters made low-level runs over the cornfield in an attempt to spot the escapees. …
All three of these photos by staff photographers Joe Kennedy and Robert Lachman were published in the Sep. 22, 1976, Los Angeles Times.
Sept. 21, 1976: Officers peer into a Chino cornfield where escaped inmates from the California Youth Authority training school had taken refuge. Credit: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times.
Sept. 21, 1976: Lawmen take Jordan Flagg, suspected ringleader of a riot-breakout at the California Youth Authority training school in Chino, from a nearby cornfield where he had been hiding. Credit: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times
In early 2010, the Heman G. Stark Youth Correctional Facility, formerly the CYA training school, was closed. The site became part of the California Institution for Men.
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