CDCR Apprehend Inmate Who Walked Away From Facility in Sylmar

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Authorities found an inmate who had disappeared from a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation facility in Sylmar.

Fernando Deras, 31, is seen in an image provided by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Fernando Deras, 31, is seen in an image provided by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Holton Fire Camp staff discovered Fernando Deras, 31, missing at about 1:25 a.m. Monday during a routine inmate count, the CDCR stated in a news release.

The inmate was later found at around 5:20 p.m. in the area of Vermont Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard in East Hollywood and was taken into custody without incident, authorities said.

Deras was described as a minimum-security inmate who arrived from Los Angeles County in 2018 to serve a four-year sentence for corporal injury on a specific person.

After he was apprehended, Deras was transported to the California Institution for Men, authorities said.

Authorities believe Deras walked away from the facility, however, a search of the grounds did not locate him.

California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement officers were notified of the disappearance and are assisted in the search.

The case will be referred to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution.

KTLA’s Nouran Salahieh contributed to this report.

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