Friday, February 20, 2015

Inmate Walkaway from Owens Valley Conservation Camp in 2011 Apprehended

Inmate Walkaway from Owens Valley Conservation Camp in 2011 Apprehended

LOS ANGELES – An inmate who walked away from Owens Valley Conservation Camp in 2011 was taken into California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) custody after being arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff during a sting operation.

Yahua Yang, 40, walked away from Owens Valley Conservation Camp in Bishop on March 17, 2011 and had since been at-large. Yang was arrested in Rosemead, California under the alias of Gvosheng Wu Zhong when he and three Mexican nationals were attempting to purchase 15 kilos of cocaine on January 27, 2015. Yang was booked into LA County Jail and held on a million dollars bail. Yang was subsequently released on bail prior to his true identity being discovered and given a court date for his new charges.

Yang was one-year and four months into a seven-year sentence from Los Angeles County for possession of a controlled substance for sale when he walked away.

CDCR special agents and local law enforcement arrested Yang immediately following his arraignment on his new charges. CDCR Special Services Unit agents transported Yang to California Institution for Men in Chino where he will be housed in the prison's administrative segregation unit. In addition to serving out his initial sentence, Yang could face new felony charges for escape.

Of all offenders who have escaped from an adult institution, camp or community-based program since 1977, 98.7 percent have been apprehended.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

RJ Donovan Correctional Officer Recovering from Inmate Assault

SAN DIEGO – A correctional officer was treated for injuries suffered from an attack by an inmate at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF).

At 8:05 p.m. Feb. 8, as inmates in a Facility D housing unit were receiving medication, inmate Jason Harmon, 37, rushed at a correctional officer with a weapon in his right hand. He struck the officer in his chest with the pointed end of the weapon, making contact with the officer’s stab-resistant vest. Harmon, resisting the officer’s efforts to subdue him, continued his attack. Additional officers rushed to assist, and were able to quell the attack and recover the inmate-manufactured weapon.

Harmon was received by CDCR on Feb. 1, 2011, from Riverside County to serve a life sentence for attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer, assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, carjacking, buying or receiving stolen equipment and evading a peace officer while driving recklessly.

The officer, 27, was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated for minor bruises and scrapes. Inmate Harmon was transported to a local hospital for treatment of a head laceration and possible hand fracture, and has been re-housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit. Inmate movement on D Facility has been limited pending an investigation into this incident.

The primary mission of the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility is to provide housing and supervision for minimum- to high-security inmates. Designed as a training and work-oriented facility, RJDCF provides vocational, academic and industrial programs.

For more information contact Robert Brown at (619) 661-6500, ext. 8654.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Four Ironwood State Prison Correctional Officers Recovering from Inmate Assault

BLYTHE — Four correctional officers were treated for injuries they suffered from an attack by inmates at Ironwood State Prison (ISP).

At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, a major disturbance occurred during the evening meal. Four officers were attacked by numerous inmates in the C Facility Dining Hall and in the back of the culinary area. The inmates used their hands, feet and food trays to assault staff.
The officers were outnumbered, but additional responding staff arrived and they were able to quickly subdue the attack. Four officers were treated on-site for contusions and abrasions, and then transported to a community hospital for further treatment. All four officers were treated for their injuries and later released from the hospital.
In total, 27 inmates were re-housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending investigation into their involvement in the incident. Inmate movement on “C” Facility program is limited pending an inquiry into this incident.
The primary mission of Ironwood State Prison (ISP) is to improve public safety through the confinement of minimum- and medium-custody male offenders, while providing them the life improvement skills needed to successfully reintegrate back into society upon parole. ISP was opened Feb. 1, 1994, covers 1,700 acres and houses about 3,000 inmates.

For more information contact Contact: Lt. Michael Smith, (760) 921-3000, ext. 5006

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Homicide of California State Prison-Sacramento Inmate Under Investigation

FOLSOM – California State Prison-Sacramento (SAC) is investigating an incident that left one inmate dead.

At 9:55 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, inmate Roberto Baldizon, 35, was discovered in his cell inside the prison’s maximum-security housing with multiple stab wounds. Baldizon was pronounced deceased at 10:27 a.m. Staff recovered one inmate-manufactured weapon at the scene. No staff members were injured in the incident.

SAC investigators have identified Baldizon’s cellmate, Antolin Cepeda, 37, as a suspect in the attack. Cepeda was received from Los Angeles County on Jan. 28, 1997, to serve a life sentence for first-degree murder.

Baldizon was received from Los Angeles County on May 22, 2013, and was serving a 12-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon.

SAC administrators have limited inmate movement on the facility where the incident occurred to facilitate the investigation. The Office of the Inspector General has been notified.

CSP-Sacramento is a multi-mission institution that houses approximately 2,100 inmates and employs more than 1,700 staff. Opened in 1986, the institution primarily houses maximum-security inmates serving long sentences and those who have proved to be management problems at other institutions.

CONTACT: Lt. Stephan Riley, (916) 985-8610, ext. 3012