Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Inmate Who Walked Away from Mount Bullion Conservation Camp Apprehended

MARIPOSA – A minimum-security inmate who walked away from the Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) Mount Bullion Conservation Camp (CC #39) in Mariposa County on March 21 has been apprehended.

Inmate Blake Castro, 31, was apprehended at approximately 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office after a property owner notified law enforcement of a suspicious person in Catheys Valley. Castro was taken into custody without incident and will be returned to SCC.

Castro was reported missing during an inmate count Monday, March 20. He was last seen at 2 a.m. Monday in his assigned housing unit.

CDCR, CAL FIRE, the California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies were notified and assisted in the search for Castro.

Castro was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Aug. 2, 2016, from Fresno County to serve a four-year sentence for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. He was scheduled to be released in November 2018.

Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2017 

CONTACT: Krissi Khokhobashvili
  (916) 445-4950 
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Inmate Walks Away from Mount Bullion Conservation Camp


MARIPOSA – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are searching for a minimum-security inmate who walked away from the Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) Mount Bullion Conservation Camp (CC #39) in Mariposa County on March 20, 2017.

Inmate Blake Castro, 31, was reported missing during an inmate count Monday, March 20. He was last seen at 2 a.m. Monday in his assigned housing unit.

CDCR, CAL FIRE, law enforcement personnel, the California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies have been notified and are assisting in the search for Castro.

Castro is a white male, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing 240 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He has a tattoo of Chinese writing on his right forearm. He was committed to CDCR on Aug. 2, 2016, from Fresno County to serve a four-year sentence for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. He was scheduled to be released in November 2018.

Anyone who sees inmate Castro should contact 911 or law enforcement authorities immediately. Anyone having information about or knowledge of the location of Castro should contact the Mt. Bullion Conservation Camp Commander at (209) 742-5494, or the SCC Watch Commander at (209) 984-5291, extension 5439.

Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2017

CONTACT: Krissi Khokhobashvili
 (916) 445-4950
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Calipatria State Prison Investigating Inmate Death as a Homicide

CALIPATRIA – Calipatria State Prison (CAL) officials are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide.

On Friday, March 17, 2017, at 1:50 p.m., two inmates attacked a third on the recreational yard. The yard alarm was activated and all inmates on the yard were ordered to stop and get down. All complied with correctional officers’ orders except inmates Emilio Saldana, 27, and Jose Bonilla, 37, who continued to attack Fred Archuleta, 53.

Staff immediately responded and quickly stopped the attack. One 40-millimeter round was fired. Medical staff arrived on scene and began lifesaving measures. Officers found two inmate-manufactured weapons at the scene.

Archuleta was transported to CAL’s Triage Treatment Area for treatment of stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at 2:15 p.m.

No staff members were injured in the attack. Saldana and Bonilla, who were also not injured, have been placed in CAL’s Administrative Segregation Unit as the incident is investigated. Inmate movement has been limited to facilitate the investigation. The Office of the Inspector General has been notified.

Saldana was received into California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) custody from San Bernardino County in 2015, to serve a sentence of 51 years to life with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder. Bonilla was received into CDCR custody from Riverside County in 2013 to serve a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder, possession/manufacture of a deadly weapon by a prisoner and first-degree robbery.

Archuleta was received into CDCR custody from San Bernardino County on Jan. 24, 2006, to serve a sentence of 65 years to life with the possibility of parole for conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of a firearm by an ex-felon and criminal gang activity.

Calipatria State Prison opened in 1992. The prison houses about 3,800 minimum- and maximum-security inmates. The prison offers academic classes and vocational programs and employs more than 1,000 people. For more information, visit www.cdcr.ca.gov.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        
March 17, 2017    
Contact: Lt. Everardo Silva

(760) 348-6002
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