Alleged Northport Burglar Unsuccessfully Attempts to Break Out of Correctional Facility

Jose Nunez-Garcia, 16, scaled one fence only to be surrounded by another layer - and razor wire.

A 16-year old East Northport resident and inmate at Riverhead Correctional Facility was caught by security after he attempted to escape on Wednesday, according to authorities.

Jose Nunez-Garcia, a native of El Salvador who had been at the facility since mid-March, was already facing nearly a half dozen burglary charges for a series of alleged incidents in the Northport area. Following Wednesday's failed escape attempt, he will now also face attempted escape in the first degree, a class E felony.

Authorities said that after hopping one layer of fence in an exercise yard, the teen found himself between multiple layers of security fencing and razor wire.

"This was obviously not a well thought out attempt," said Michael Sharkey, chief of staff with Suffolk County Sheriff's Office. "We don't get attempts like this very often, and just for this very reason. It's not a viable choice to make. It's not something you're going to get away with."

Sharkey said he recalled that over two decades ago, the one individual at Riverhead Correctional Facility did completely escape, though he was apprehended off facility grounds soon after. 

"But that was 22 or 23 years ago," he said. "Once (Nunez-Garcia) was between these layers of fencing there is substantially more razor wire."

The Sheriff's Office stated that between the time the East Northport resident scaled the first security fence and the time he was back in the facility, seven minutes had elapsed.

kptree May 19, 2011 at 04:51 PM
Please, please do not take my comments as sarcasm- if there are homes on Vernon Valley with 20+ occupants then you need to contact the town of Huntington. The town code (chapter 124) details occupancy limits- even better get together with your neighbors and approach the town together. You can contact the Code Enforcement, take pictures, speak at town board meetings etc. You have options and living next to an extremely overcrowded, unsafe rental shouldn't be one of them. Having said that, you need to do your research about illegal immigrants and tax dollars especially here in the Northeast. To use this one criminal's example to tar and feather a whole group is narrow minded and more than a little xenophobic. I wish you luck in improving your neighborhood's living conditions
really? May 31, 2011 at 12:36 PM
The town of Huntington is more than aware. We (including neighbors) have all contacted the town. They have photographed the homes, taken statements from several and currently have the landlord in court. The case as been open for over a year with no response from the landlord. He has not shown up to court. The police have been called about these people pulling down their pants in front of my children and urinating at all hours af the day and night in the front yard. We have been told by the police that unless they are actually mastubating in front of my children there is nothing they will do!!!!! So what are we supposed to do?!!! We have taken all "available" avenues and nothing is working!! And to Nprtr- funny this house is on Dickenson and Vernon Valley!!!! So happy we moved here!!!! This is truly the ghetto and we get no help from the police!
Alex campo June 14, 2011 at 10:45 AM
Mr. Nuñez is a very compassionate person.. How can anyone sit in your laptops or computers and judge a life you dont know about.. He did not steal for the fun albeit im not justifying his actions. His fathers to blame.. He put his son out because his fatjer is an alcoholic and would prefer to drink his money away. I know them personally. As for the comments of his nationality. How dare you cathy! To say something so low and ignorant?? Arent the hispanic people the ones that cut your lawn, serve your fun, clean your house , and for some also live- in nannys which serve as a second guardian? Hmmmm.. Ironic? Or should i say just plain stupid on your behalf. Do me a favor and dont comment anymore.. No one has the right to judge anyone.. By the way i once read a poem and it said: Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us...... To its plain and simple. Walk a mile first then tell me how it feels.. Ps cathy what if you were ever in a bad situation? And you were faced with bad luck?? You will remember your own words.. Karma has a funny way of coming down hard on you. And for those that werent judgemental... Thank you.
Alex campo June 14, 2011 at 10:52 AM
As for all you who have nothing better to say.. Your not helping the cause. Instead your creating war!!!!! Havent you had enough??? And to think i served in bootcamp to train to be a marine.. To fight battles for man kind? To read all this visiuosness. It really makes you think twice about the people you so call are tying to fight for. What a shame..
FYI June 16, 2011 at 04:32 PM
How old are you Alex and when did you serve in the Marines? Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought your service was to our country and what it represents. We are a nation of laws developed to protect our citizenry and for you to be offended is misplaced. If Mr. Nunez is a nice guy, wonderful, but if he breaks the law, not just once, but repeatedly, he should pay the penalty afforded by the law. You can't blame his father. Jose sullied his own reputation by his actions. Too many people just fail to be accountable, from Anthony Weiner to Jose. Alex, since you know Jose personally, perhaps you care to divulge if he is here in the United States of America legally? What type of work was he doing other than committing burglaries? Was this an effort to better himself? Compassion is great but save it for the people who DO work hard and earn an HONEST living. I appreciate those who are here in this country looking for a better life and working hard to achieve their own American dream. Coddling won't help Jose. But that's just my opinion.


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