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CDCR Returns to Custody Two Juvenile Offenders Who Walked-Away From Fire Camp Program

Sacramento –The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today announced the apprehension of two juvenile offenders who walked away from a fire crew that was clearing brush near Studio City last Friday. The apprehension culminates a five day, around the clock effort to locate them.

The two juvenile offenders were captured late Tuesday evening at a private residence in Jurupa, Riverside County by CDCR’s Fugitive Apprehension Team and the U.S. Marshall Service Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, which includes deputized officers from the Glendale and Pasadena police departments.

The juvenile offenders – identified as Pablo Ladislow Ontaneda, 18, and Christopher Ochoa, 19 – were part of a fire crew from the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility in Camarillo. They were apprehended after a brief chase, and were treated at a local hospital for minor injuries. They were booked into the Riverside County jail.

The two youths were noted as missing at approximately 2:35 p.m. on Friday, August 5, by CalFire officials who were supervising the crew near Mulholland Drive and Laurel Canyon Boulevard near Studio City, Los Angeles County.

AUGUST 10, 2011

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