Escaped Inmate Back in Custody at O.C. Facility

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Max Edward Fernandez

An inmate was back in custody Saturday less than 24 hours after escaping from the James A. Musick Facility in Irvine, Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.

Max Edward Fernandez, 27, turned up missing during a security check at the facility Friday evening, according to the department.

Fernandez had been in custody for possession of stolen property and a narcotics violation.

He was located at an Oceanside fast food restaurant in northern San Diego County shortly before 2 p.m., Hallock said

An investigation was underway Saturday to determine how Fernandez was able to escape from the facility.

His previous criminal record included burglary, theft, a narcotics violation, auto theft and resisting arrest, according to officials.

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