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California inmate walks away from minimum security facility

Posted at 1:49 PM, May 17, 2020

FRESNO, CALIF. (AP) — California authorities launched a search for an inmate serving time at a state prison who walked away from the facility.

Flavio Carbajal, 37, was reported missing from Kern Valley State Prison in Delano around 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Fresno Bee reported.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said an emergency count at the prison confirmed his absence.

Prison officials notified local law enforcement agencies and dispatched personnel to search for Carbajal.

The corrections department described Carbajal as a Hispanic man with short black hair and brown eyes, about 5-feet, 10 inches tall (178 centimeters) and weighing 225 pounds (102 kilograms) with tattoos on his face.

He was transferred to Kern Valley State Prison a year ago while serving a serve a six-year sentence for corporal injury resulting in trauma that began in October 2018.

Kern Valley State Prison is a maximum security institution that includes a facility with lower security for inmates who help maintain the prison grounds, where Carbajal was housed, Lt. John Melvin said.