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Inmates ‘walk away’ from prison camp

June 26, 2012

State and local law enforcement agencies are on the look-out for two convicts who apparently “walked away” from a local detention facility last week.
A search was launched at about 10:10 p.m. Friday, June 22, when Owens Valley Conservation Camp inmates Jessy Lopez, 39, and Otoniel Aldana, 42, were not present during the evening head-count.
According to a press release from the minimum-security detention facility, camp personnel immediately activated “escape procedures,” notifying local authorities and surrounding residents.
Inyo County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Carma Roper said the local law enforcement agency was given a description of the missing convicts and notified to be on the look-out.
As of Monday, officials at the conservation camp said the inmates had not been located.
If any residents see either inmate they are encouraged to call 911 immediately.
According to the press release from the Conservation Camp, Lopez was serving a six-year sentence for grand theft auto in Los Angeles County. He was scheduled for parole in September.
Lopez is described as a five-foot, six-inch Hispanic male with short, black hair, brown eyes and a medium build, weighing approximately 165 pounds.
Lopez is known to go by the aliases Jessy Rodriguez Lopez, Sebastion Delossantos Luna, Alejandro Jesus Rodriguez and Jessy Rodriguez.
Aldana was serving a seven-year sentence for assault with a firearm in Los Angeles County. He was scheduled for parole in July of 2016, and is described a five-foot, eight- inch Hispanic male with short black hair, brown eyes and a medium build, weighing approximately 165 pounds.
The press release states it is believed both inmates were wearing orange shirts and pants, orange prison jackets with prison lettering and black boots.
Other details regarding the missing inmates were unavailable at press time Monday, as correctional officers and inmates from the camp, which serves as an inmate fire crew, had been called out to an incident.
The Owens Valley Conservation Camp houses approximately 128 inmates and is jointly operated by CalFire and the California Department of Corrections.
Inmate fire crews are responsible for responding to statewide wildfire emergencies and fire prevention projects in Inyo and Mono counties as they serve out minimum security sentences.
Crews can often be seen working at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds and other locations throughout local communities when they are not on fire calls.
The facility, located about 10 miles north of Bishop, is not enclosed by a fence or any other physical barriers to prevent inmates from walking away.
All inmates committed to the camp are screened by the California Department of Corrections to ensure they are not security risks. Only those who are deemed “low flight risks” are permitted to work off their sentence at fire camps.
Back in March 2011, another inmate, Yuhua Yang, 36, also of Los Angeles County, was believed to have walked away from the minimum security facility.
The day of Yang’s disappearance, officials at the camp said they noticed a suspicious vehicle in the area.
Yang was being held on a seven-year sentence for possession with intent to sell more than four kilograms of a controlled substance.

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