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Walk-Away from Conservation Camp Apprehended in Chico

Sacramento — A minimum-security inmate who walked away from Salt Creek Conservation Camp near Paskenta, west of Willows, on Sunday, March 11, 2012, was apprehended about 4:30 a.m. Monday in Chico by special agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).
Tou Yeng Thao, 28, was medically cleared and transported to the California Correctional Center in Susanville without incident.  The incident will be referred to the Tehama County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
Thao was received by CDCR on July 21, 2011, from Butte County for possession of a firearm by an ex-felon. He had been scheduled to be paroled in November.
Of all offenders who have escaped from an adult institution, camp or community-based program since 1977, 99.1 percent have been apprehended.