Thursday, January 15, 2004


Three other escapees apprehended since Dec. 31.

(Sacramento) – On Jan. 9, Donald Johnson, who had escaped from Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown in 1967, was arrested in Texas, announced the California Department of Corrections (CDC). Johnson had only served a little more than six months of a one to 15 year sentence for second-degree burglary from Riverside County when he escaped on July 7, 1967.

CDC agents with the Law Enforcement and Investigations Unit (LEIU) developed leads showing that Johnson, who had been on the run more than 36 years, was living in Tomball, Texas. They contacted law enforcement authorities there, who confirmed not only Johnson’s address, but his place of employment in nearby Houston. Johnson was arrested at his place of employment on Jan. 9 by the Harris County Sheriff’s Department’s Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force.

Since Dec. 31, 2003, three other escaped state prison inmates were apprehended:

  • On Dec. 31, escapee Michael Dean Egger was arrested in Washington after escaping from a re-entry program on June 12, 1988. Egger, whose criminal history includes vehicle theft and narcotics violations, had lived in several states since his escape. He had been convicted in Santa Cruz County and had served only six months of his two-year sentence for vehicle theft. In 1992, Egger was arrested in Nebraska on charges including robbery, possession of a weapon for the purpose of committing an assault, and drugs. He was also arrested in Montana in 2000. LEIU agents found a probable address in Olympia, Washington, and the Thurston County Sheriff’s Warrants Division arrested Egger on Dec. 31, 2003.
  • On Jan. 6, escapee Brenda Sue Webb was arrested in North Carolina. She had escaped from a re-entry facility on Dec. 27, 1983. Webb’s criminal history includes welfare and food stamp fraud. She had served 15 months of a three-year sentence from Santa Clara County at the time of her escape. While a fugitive for the last 20 years, Webb had lived in other states and was using the alias of Brenda Webb Cruz. LEIU agents found out she had a Kentucky driver’s license and she was known to have received Social Security benefits in North Carolina. The Davie County Sheriff’s Department in North Carolina arrested Webb on Jan. 6.
  • On Jan. 6, escapee Susan Brounacker was arrested in Texas. She had escaped from the Malibu Conservation Camp on May 26, 1989 after serving only five months of a four year, four month sentence from Los Angeles County. Brounacker’s criminal history includes various drug charges, property crimes and vehicle theft. The LEIU developed information that Brounacker had earnings in San Antonio, Texas, as recent as 2002. The name and address of her probable employer was given to the San Antonio Police Department who apprehended Brounacker on Jan. 6.
Of all offenders that escaped from a state prison, conservation camp or community based program between 1945 and 2002, 99 percent have been apprehended.