Friday, August 12, 2016

Offender Walks Away from Los Angeles Re-entry Facility

LOS ANGELES — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for an offender who walked away from a Los Angeles re-entry facility on Friday, Aug. 12.

Sarkis Akopyan, 33, was transferred from California Institution for Men to the Male Community Re-entry Program (MCRP) in Los Angeles County on Aug. 9. After being notified at approximately 10:06 a.m. that Akopyan’s GPS device had been tampered with, staff initiated an emergency count and facility search. Akopyan’s GPS device was found down the street from the facility.

Notification was immediately made to local law enforcement agencies. Within minutes, agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety were dispatched to locate and apprehend Akopyan.

Akopyan, who is from South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (a group of Islands in the south Atlantic), has black hair and brown eyes. He is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds.

Akopyan was admitted to CDCR from Los Angeles County on March 25, 2016, to serve a two-year sentence for vehicle theft. He was scheduled to be released to probation in November 2016.

The MCRP allows eligible offenders committed to state prison to serve the end of their sentences in the re-entry center and provides them the programs and tools necessary to transition from custody to the community. It is a voluntary program for men who have approximately 180 days left to serve. The program links participants to a range of community-based rehabilitative services that assist with substance use disorders, mental health care, medical care, employment, education, housing, family reunification and social support.

Anyone who sees Akopyan or has any knowledge of his whereabouts should immediately contact law enforcement or call 911.

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

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August 12, 2016                           

Contact: Krissi Khokhobashvili
(916) 445-4950
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