SYLMAR – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for a minimum-security inmate who walked away from Holton Conservation Camp last night.

During an inmate count at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, staff discovered inmate Armando Ruiz, 33, was not in his assigned bunk. A search of the camp buildings and grounds was immediately conducted. CDCR, Los Angeles County fire camp staff, the California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies have been notified and are assisting in the search.

Ruiz was last seen around 7:45 p.m. in the camp yard recreation area. He is a Hispanic male, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighing 164 pounds, brown hair with brown eyes.

He is serving a two-and-a-half year sentence from Los Angeles County for possession of a controlled substance and was housed at the conservation camp pursuant to an agreement between CDCR and Los Angeles County. He arrived at Holton Conservation Camp in July 2018.

Anyone who sees Ruiz should contact 911 or law enforcement authorities immediately. Anyone having information about or knowledge of the location of Ruiz should contact the Sierra Conservation Center Watch Commander at (209) 984-5291, extension 5439, or Holton Conservation Camp at (818) 897-7071.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 5, 2018

Contact:  Lt. G. Romo

(818) 897-7071

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