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California Men’s Colony Escapee Apprehended

San Luis Obispo — Bryan Charles Sims, who escaped from his job assignment at the California Men’s Colony (CMC) Waste Water Treatment Plant in San Luis Obispo on November 30 was arrested on December 3 in Fresno by Special Service Unit agents with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

A CDCR special agent in the Fresno office investigated leads provided by Investigative Services Unit staff at CMC and learned that escapee Sims was hiding out at a residence in Northwest Fresno. As Special Service Unit agents approached the residence, they saw Sims riding as a passenger in a vehicle that was departing the residence. The agents followed and initiated a vehicle stop. The driver attempted to evade the agents. When the vehicle came to a stop, Sims exited the vehicle and tried to evade the agents by running to a nearby residence. The agents took Sims into custody without further incident on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 12:55 p.m.

Sims was 13 months into an eight-year sentence from Ventura County when he walked away from his job assignment on November 30, 2009.

Sims was sent to state prison in October 2008 for receiving stolen property. In March 2009, he was transferred to the minimum-security facility at CMC.

CDCR Special Service Unit agents are transporting Sims to North Kern State Prison where he will be housed in the prison’s Administrative Segregation Unit pending transfer to a higher security prison. He could face new felony charges for escape.

Of all inmates who escaped from a state prison, conservation camp or community-based program between 1977 and 2007, 99.1 percent have been apprehended.