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Inmate Escapes at Wasco State Prison

WASCO – Special agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) are looking for an inmate who was inadvertently released from Wasco State Prison on July 16.

Inmate Eric Rodriguez, 31, escaped custody after arriving from Kern County earlier today to begin serving a five-year sentence for battery on a prisoner. He is also known to have lived in Fresno County.
However during processing, inmate Eric Rodriguez was inadvertently released instead of an inmate sharing the same last name who was scheduled to be released for parole the same day.
Inmate Rodriguez is a male Hispanic, approximately 5’10” and 150 pounds, with black hair (possibly bald) and brown eyes. He has a distinctive tattoo on his left arm and a large snake covering his lower chest and abdomen. He is considered dangerous.

CDCR is conducting a security assessment of the incident and a review of parole procedures. Special Agents with CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety have been dispatched to the area to search for Rodriguez. Law enforcement has been notified.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of inmate Rodriguez should call 9-1-1 immediately.


Cassandra Hockenson
(916) 445- 4950
Henry Cervantez
(661)758-8400 x5006