Monday, May 2, 2016

Walk Away from Julius Klein Conservation Camp Apprehended

Azuza – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) agents and Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputies took inmate Wade Anthony Raffaniello, 50, back into custody less than a day after he was discovered missing from the minimum security Julius Klein Conservation Camp.

Inmate Raffaniello was apprehended without incident by CDCR and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Officers, with the assistance of Deputy Robert Ochoa and K-9 bloodhound Wendy from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, Cabazon Station, at approximately 12:25 p.m. this afternoon not far from the camp.

Inmate Raffaniello had walked away from the Julius Klein Conservation Camp some time before a routine security check at 12:05 a.m. Monday, May 2. Raffaniello will be returned to the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution. Raffaniello was housed in a CDCR conservation camp and was a Los Angeles County Boarder. He was serving a sentence for the transport and sales of a controlled substance and was scheduled to be released April 5, 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                                              
 May 2, 2016    

Contact: Lt. Hector Morua                                                                     
 (626) 910-1213


Inmate Walks Away from Julius Klein Conservation Camp

Azuza – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for a minimum-security inmate who walked away from the Julius Klein Conservation Camp, located near Azuza, in Los Angeles County.

Inmate Wade Anthony Raffaniello was last seen in his assigned dorm at approximately 12:05 a.m. during a routine security check. Camp staff searched the inmate dormitory area, surrounding buildings and the camp perimeter after he was discovered missing. All local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol have been notified, and are assisting in the search for Raffaniello.

Inmate Raffaniello is described as a 50-year old white male, about 5’9’’ tall and 200 lbs., with shaved head and hazel eyes. Inmate Raffaniello was transferred to the custody of CDCR from Los Angeles County earlier this year with a four-year sentence for transport and sales of controlled substance. He was scheduled for release on April 5, 2018.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Julius Klein Conservation Camp Commander at (626) 910-1213, the Sierra Conservation Center Watch Commander (209) 984-5291 ext. 5439, or your local law enforcement agency.


Friday, April 22, 2016

Inmate attacks officer at California State Prison-Sacramento

FOLSOM – Officials at California State Prison-Sacramento (SAC) are investigating an assault by an inmate that sent one employee to the hospital.

At 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, April 21, correctional officers were conducting a clothed body search of inmate Tavis Thompson on the main exercise yard. One officer felt an item in Thompson’s sock, and asked him to identify the item. Thompson suddenly turned toward the officer and punched him in the face.

Support staff used physical force to bring Thompson to the ground. He landed on top of the officer and continued the attack. Two support officers subdued Thompson and placed him in handcuffs. Responding staff discovered an inmate-manufactured stabbing weapon hidden inside Thompson’s sock.

The officer was examined by SAC medical staff and transported to an outside hospital for treatment of contusions, abrasions, redness and swelling to his head and face. He was treated and released from the hospital the same day. Two responding officers reported minor injuries. Inmate Thompson was uninjured.

Thompson was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on June 30, 2004 from Imperial County to serve a 55-years-to-life sentence with the possibility of parole for assault with a deadly weapon and assault with a deadly weapon by a prisoner.

CSP-SAC, opened in 1986, is a maximum-security prison that houses nearly 2,400 general population inmates and employs about 1,700 people. The institution houses inmates serving long sentences and those who have proven to be management problems at other institutions. CSP-SAC also houses inmates requiring specialized mental health treatment.

April 22, 2016   

CONTACT: Lt. L.A. Quinn 
(916) 294-3012