Monday, November 28, 2016

Inmate Attacks Officer at Wasco State Prison


WASCO – A correctional officer is recovering from injuries sustained during an attack by an inmate at Wasco State Prison (WSP).

At 4:48 p.m. Nov. 23, as the correctional officer was preparing to issue the evening meal, inmate Dustin McDonald, 25, attacked the officer, punching him and stabbing him in the face with an inmate-manufactured weapon. The officer sustained four puncture wounds to his face and one to his left arm. During the scuffle, the officer’s baton fell to the floor and McDonald picked it up, swinging it at the officer. The officer was able to retrieve his baton and defend himself. McDonald sustained two lacerations as a result.

The officer was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released. He is now recovering at home. Inmate McDonald was also transported to a local hospital for treatment of two lacerations, and has been transferred to another institution.

McDonald was received by CDCR on Oct. 25, 2016, from Orange County to serve a life sentence for first-degree murder, and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

The primary mission of Wasco State Prison is to provide short-term housing necessary to process, classify and evaluate new inmates physically and mentally, to determine their security level, program requirements, and appropriate institutional placement. A 400-bed medium custody facility houses general population inmates to help support and maintain the reception center. A minimum custody facility provides institutional maintenance and landscaping services.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                          
Nov. 28, 2016   
                                                                                 
 Contact: Martin Herrera
(661) 758-8400 ext. 5013  
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Inmate Death at Valley State Prison Being Investigated As A Possible Homicide

CHOWCHILLA — Officials at Valley State Prison (VSP) are investigating the death of an inmate as a possible homicide.

On Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, at approximately 9:10 a.m., inmate Efrain Rodriguez, 44, was found unresponsive in a dormitory. Life-saving measures were initiated and an ambulance was called to the scene, but Rodriguez was pronounced dead at 9:45 a.m.

Rodriguez was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) from Los Angeles County on June 26, 2015, and was serving a two-year, eight-month sentence for second-degree burglary and possession of a controlled substance. 

The incident is being investigated by VSP’s Investigative Services Unit. The eight-man dormitory has been sealed as a crime scene and the inmates housed there at the time have been transferred to the Administrative Segregation Unit pending the investigation. The Madera County District Attorney’s Office, Madera County Coroner’s Office and CDCR Special Service Unit are assisting with the investigation. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

No staff members were injured as a result of this incident.

VSP was established in 1995 and functions as a Level II, General Population institution housing inmates requiring Sensitive Needs Yard placement. VSP also houses inmates who are assigned to the Enhanced Outpatient Program for inmates requiring a more enhanced treatment plan with mental health staff. The prison houses approximately 3,500 inmates and employs nearly 1,100 people.

CONTACT: Lt. Ronald Ladd
(559) 665-6100 ext. 5509

Inmate Back in Custody After Walking Away From Minimum Support Facility

TRACY — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials announced today that Gilberto Murillo-Padilla, 22, was taken back into custody Sunday afternoon, Nov. 27, less than three hours after he was reported missing from his dorm at Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI).

Murillo-Padilla was discovered missing during an inmate count at DVI’s Minimum Support Facility at 11:15 a.m. Nov. 27. Escape protocols were immediately initiated, and agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) were dispatched to locate and apprehend Murillo-Padilla.

He was apprehended at 2:05 p.m. Nov. 27, about three miles from DVI by the prison’s Investigative Services Unit and San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office. He was taken into custody without incident and has been placed in the prison’s Administrative Segregation Unit pending investigation of the incident.

Murillo-Padilla was received by CDCR on May 13, 2016, from Solano County to serve a two-year, eight-month sentence for first-degree burglary and evading a peace officer while driving recklessly. He was scheduled to parole in December 2016; however, his case will now be referred to the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution on escape charges.


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

CONTACT: Lt. Christene Zoucha
(209) 835-4141 ext. 3851

Friday, November 18, 2016

CDCR Apprehends Offender Who Walked Away from Residential Treatment Facility

MANTECA — An offender who walked away from a residential treatment facility in the Alternative Custody Program (ACP) Nov. 16 has been apprehended.
 
Julio Ojeda, 42, was located around 2 p.m. Nov. 18 in Manteca by agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Service Unit. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy.

Ojeda was reported missing at approximately 5 p.m. Nov. 16 after officials were notified he had removed his electronic monitor. He had been participating in ACP at Recovery House in French Camp since Sept. 27, 2016.

ACP is a voluntary program developed for eligible offenders that allows them to serve up to the last 12 months of their sentence in the community in lieu of confinement in state prison. Eligible participants may be housed in a private residence, a transitional care facility or a residential drug or other treatment program. 

Ojeda was committed to CDCR on Dec. 29, 2015, from San Joaquin County to serve a two-year sentence for discharging a firearm with gross negligence and possession of a controlled substance for sale. He was scheduled to be released to probation in December 2016.


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

Contact: Krissi Khokhobashvili
(916) 445-4950

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Offender Walks Away from Residential Treatment Facility in French Camp

FRENCH CAMP — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for an offender who walked away from the Recovery House residential treatment facility in French Camp on Nov. 16.

Julio Ojeda, 42, had been participating in the Alternative Custody Program (ACP) at Recovery House since Sept. 27, 2016. He was reported missing around 5 p.m. Nov. 16 after officials were notified he had removed his electronic monitor.

Agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety were immediately dispatched to locate and apprehend Ojeda. Local law enforcement has been notified.

ACP is a voluntary program developed for eligible offenders that allows them to serve up to the last 12 months of their sentence in the community in lieu of confinement in state prison. Eligible participants may be housed in a private residence, a transitional care facility or a residential drug or other treatment program. 

Ojeda was committed to CDCR on Dec. 29, 2015, from San Joaquin County to serve a two-year sentence for discharging a firearm with gross negligence and possession of a controlled substance for sale. He was scheduled to be released to probation in December 2016.

Ojeda is a Hispanic man with brown eyes and brown hair. He is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. If anyone has information about or knowledge of the location of this individual they should immediately 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.

CONTACT: Krissi Khokhobashvili
(916) 445-4950

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

WASCO STATE PRISON CORRECTIONAL OFFICER RECOVERING FROM SERIOUS ATTACK BY TWO INMATES

WASCO – A correctional officer is recovering from injuries he suffered when he was attacked by two inmates, an incident officials at Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP-RC) are investigating. Two other officers and a sergeant suffered minor injuries when they responded to stop the attack.

On Sunday, November 13, at 6:20 p.m., inmate Anthony Sanchez asked to speak to custody staff in an office. He suddenly attacked an officer by punching him in the face. He then grabbed the officer in a choke hold and continued to punch him in his face and head. Inmate Albert Vasquez was nearby; he rushed into the office, joined in the attack and repeatedly punched the officer. Responding correctional officers used physical force and chemical agents to stop the attack.

The officer was initially examined by WSP-RC medical staff and then taken to an outside hospital for treatment of a fractured nose, swelling on his head, neck and face;  and a laceration to the inside of his upper lip. One sergeant and two officers were examined and treated by WSP-RC medical staff for minor injuries and then released to full duty.

Sanchez, 25, was admitted from Kern County on September 9, 2016, to serve a sentence of life with the possibility of parole for attempted second-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, street gang activity in commission of a violent felony, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Vasquez, 26, was admitted on August 24, 2016, from Los Angeles County to serve a 12-year sentence for assault with a firearm and street gang activity in commission of a serious felony.

Both inmates have been placed in the prison’s Administrative Segregation Unit as the assault incident is investigated. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

WSP-RC’s primary mission is to provide short-term housing necessary to process, classify and evaluate new inmates physically and mentally, and determine their security level, program requirements and appropriate institutional placement. WSP-RC was opened February 1991, houses approximately 4,800 inmates and employs approximately 1,570 people.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2016

CONTACT: Lt. M. Herrera 
 (661) 758-8400 ext. 5013
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