SALINAS—The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced that on November 19, 2011, two minimum security inmates escaped from the Minimum Support Facility of Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) which is located in South Monterey County, just north of the city of Soledad, CA.

The first escape is 32-year old Omar Ramirez, Hispanic male, 5’ 8” tall and 210 pounds. Ramirez has brown eyes and black hair however, it is shaved at the time. Ramirez was committed to CDCR on December 30, 2009 from Los Angeles County for being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.

The second escapee is 22-year old Yovanni Peralta Diaz, Hispanic male, 5’ 5” tall and 173 pounds. Diaz has brown eyes and black hair however; it is trimmed very short at this time. Diaz was committed to CDCR on September 14, 2011 from Orange County for transportation and selling controlled substances.

Both inmates were last seen at approximately 7:30 pm on November 19, 2011.

SVSP has activated the institution’s Incident Command Post and Escape Pursuit Plan.

Anyone have information about, or knowledge of, the location of either of these two escapees should immediately contact 911 or the SVSP Watch Commander at (831) 678-5542.


November 19, 2011
Contact: Lt. Michael Nilsson
(916) 445-4950