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Inmate Caught After Escaping From Pleasant Valley State Prison Minimum-Security Facility

Coalinga – This morning at approximately 1:10 a.m. a Los Angeles County inmate was discovered to be missing during an unannounced count at the Minimum Support Facility at Pleasant Valley State Prison. Emergency procedures were immediately initiated and search teams were dispatched. At approximately 1:50 a.m. the escapee, Jeovani Rivera Orozco, was apprehended on prison grounds without incident.

Orozco is a minimum-security inmate housed in a 150-man dormitory outside the prison’s secure perimeter. He was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from Los Angeles County on December 9, 2009, serving a 3-year, 8-month sentence for second-degree burglary.
Orozco is the second inmate to escape from Pleasant Valley State Prison within a week. Both escapes were from the prison’s outside dormitories where low-level offenders are housed. No inmate has ever escaped from the prison’s lethal electrified fence.
Inmate Antonio Montelongo Jaureque escaped on Saturday, July 10, 2010, and remains at large. Jaureque, 24, is a Hispanic male from Fresno County, 6’0” tall, 210 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. Jaureque has tattoos on the right side of his neck and both hands. Anyone with any information regarding Jaureque should contact the prison, local authorities, or 9-1-1.

Pleasant Valley State Prison is located in Coalinga, California. The prison opened in 1994 and houses approximately 4,700 minimum-, medium-, and maximum-custody inmates. Approximately 1,700 people work at the Fresno County prison.

Requests for further information should be directed to Aaron Shimmin, Public Information Officer, Pleasant Valley State Prison, at (559) 935-4972.


Lt. Aaron Shimmin
(559) 935-4972