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Latest Lompoc escapee marks 11th in three years

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Another inmate has reportedly walked away from the minimum-security Satellite Prison Camp in Lompoc.  Prison officials said the 29-year-old inmate, Mauricio Martinez, was discovered missing shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday.  Martinez was serving a 180-month sentence for conspiracy to distribute and possession with Intent to distribute methamphetamine. 

According to officials, the United States Marshal Service and other law enforcement agencies have been notified and have started an internal investigation. 

"It's concerning as a resident especially being so close by, you know we live literally right around the corner from the prison," said Stacie Begley, a Lompoc resident. 
"I don't think there is a real safety issue there, the people that do walk away are generally speaking very low risk, they're very low supervision that's why they have free range," said Sergeant Jorge Magaña with the Lompoc Police Department. 

Martinez is the most recent inmate to go missing from the prison.  In the last three years 11 inmates in total have walked away from the minimum security Satellite Prison Camp. 

  • 5 inmates walked out in 2016
  • 4 escaped in 2017
  • 2 inmates have been walked out to date in 2018

"It seems like it's getting worse year over year," Begley added.  "There's concern for safety and things like that." 

Sergeant Magaña said in most cases the inmates who walk out do not stay in the area.  "I've been here 20 years and I've never heard of anybody being caught within city limits so my assumption is that people when they walk away they probably already have a ride and they are out of this area," Magaña explained. 

We reached out to prison officials to see if any of those inmates have been recaptured,  but did not get a response by Sunday night. 

A deputy with the US Marshal Service said their job is to track down these inmates and said in the majority of the cases they have been successful. 

The U.S. Marshals Service and law enforcement agencies ask anyone with information to call (213) 894-2485.

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