VALYERMO, CA – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials today arrested a minimum-security inmate who walked away from Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp in Los Angeles County on Sunday.

At 11:40 a.m., inmate Eric Levi was observed in the Wrightwood area. A CDCR Correctional Officer made contact with Levi. After a brief struggle with the responding officer, Levi was placed under arrest. He is being transported to California Institution for Men, and his case will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of escape charges. He will no longer be eligible to serve his time in a conservation camp.

The responding officer was transported to an outside hospital for a possible broken ankle.

On Dec. 23, Levi, 52, was discovered missing during an inmate count. He was received by CDCR in November 2006 from Los Angeles County to serve a 16-year sentence for second-degree robbery.

Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp is located in Los Angeles County and houses 81 inmates. The camp is jointly operated by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and CDCR and is under the jurisdiction of Sierra Conservation Center. The purpose of the camp is to respond to emergencies, mitigate wildland fires and perform other fire protection and resource management.

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

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