A man who walked away from the Alternative Custody Program (ACP) in Upland on Dec. 18 was apprehended earlier this afternoon.

David Martel, 41, was apprehended at around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at a business complex in the area of 9th Street and Arrow Highway in Rancho Cucamonga by agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Office of Correctional Safety’s (OCS) Special Service Unit, in cooperation with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to California Institution for Men in Chino.

At around 8:22 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, officials were alerted that Martel had tampered with his electronic monitoring device. The device was found at Jesus Alive Ministries on 9th Street, where Martel had been participating in a residential program. Notification was immediately made to local law enforcement, and OCS agents were dispatched to apprehend Martel.

He was received by CDCR on Aug. 12, 2015, from San Bernardino County to serve a five-year sentence for possession of a controlled substance for sale and possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm. He had been participating in ACP since November 2017 and was scheduled to be released in May 2018. He had been participating in ACP since November 2017 and was scheduled to be released in May 2018. His case will now be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for consideration of escape charges.

ACP is a voluntary program developed for eligible offenders that allows them to serve up to the last 12 months of their sentence in the community in lieu of confinement in state prison. Eligible participants may be housed in a private residence, a transitional care facility or a residential drug or other treatment program.

The Office of Correctional Safety mission is to protect the public and serve CDCR investigative and security interests. OCS is the primary departmental link with allied law enforcement agencies and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.

CONTACT: Krissi Khokhobashvili, (916) 445-4950