Missing Inmate Who 'Walked Away' From Fire Camp Captured By Authorities
A minimum-security inmate who “walked away” from the Acton Conservation Camp in Los Angeles Friday night was captured later that day, according to Sgt. Valdivia with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations.
Inmate Miguel Velasquez, 22, was last seen at the facility, located near the community of Acton, around 11:55 p.m., during an inmate count, but officially escaped at 12:15 a.m. on Friday, according to a news release.
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Velasquez was located and apprehended by the CDC Special Services Unit from the Rancho Cucamonga office 19 hours later, at 7:25 p.m., in Anaheim without incident.
He was taken into custody and transported to the California Institution for Men in Chino, CA. Velasquez will later be transported back to Sierra Conservation Center, according to a news releaase.
Velasquez was being held for a seven-year, eight-month sentence for vandalism and criminal gang activity, and was scheduled to be released on March 31, 2016.
The Acton Conservation Camp #11 has been part of a cooperative partnership with the Los Angeles County Fire Department since the 1970s. Camp 11 crews respond to brush fires and other natural disasters ranging from the Mexico border to the Oregon border, according to the website. As of Oct. 22, 73 inmates were held at Camp 11.
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“Walk away” is a term used when an inmate leaves without permission at an institution, such as a fire camp, that is not as secure as a prison, according to CDC spokesperson Jeffrey Callison. If an inmate were to leave a prison without permission, this would be called an “escape.”
“We typically do not go into details about the exact method of walking away or escape because of the obvious security implications,” Callison said in an email.
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