Sacramento — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials are searching Los Angeles County for two juvenile offenders who walked away from brush clearing project near Studio City.
The pair were part of a crew from the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility that was clearing brush as a fire prevention project.
The two youth are identified as:
• Pablo Ladislow Ontaneda, 18, a Hispanic male, approximately 187 pounds, 6 ft. tall. He was committed from Los Angeles County in June, 2010 for Second Degree Robbery;
• Christopher Ochoa, 19, Hispanic male, approximately 126 pounds, 5’ 4 “ tall. He was committed from Los Angeles County in July, 2008, for Second Degree Robbery and personal use of a firearm.
The two youths were noted as missing at approximately 2:35 pm on Friday, August 5, by CalFire officials who were supervising the crew near Moholland Drive and Laurel Canyon Boulevard near Studio City, Los Angeles County.
Both were wearing dark blue trousers and plain white shirts, standard apparel in Division of Juvenile Justice facilities.
As of 5 pm, CDCR had dispatched five crews of correctional officers to search the area and were being assisted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.