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Escaped Inmate Arrested After Nearly 30 Years

Carlos Campo as he appeared in 1983; in a recent DMV photo; and in custody Thursday after his arrest.
Escaped Inmate Arrested After Nearly 30 Years
Special agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) arrested an inmate Thursday who escaped from custody nearly 30 years ago.
Special agents from the Rancho Cucamonga Special Service Unit arrested Carlos Campo, 50, at his residence in Azusa.
Campo, who was convicted of second-degree burglary in Los Angeles County, escaped from a work-furlough re-entry program on August 26, 1983.
Campo lived as “Carlos Herrera,” an identity he purchased in Los Angeles, according to John M. Santos, Senior Special Agent.
Special Agent Guillermo Moreno and Parole Agent II Scott Webb developed new leads in the case using several databases, cooperation with numerous agencies and surveillance.  Their investigation revealed that Campo had been arrested in 1993 for assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm, and was placed on probation for 36 months, but that CDCR was not notified of the arrest.
Santos said at the time there was no system to compare fingerprints electronically, and the process was very time consuming.
Agents Moreno and Webb arrested Campo after a positive match with fingerprints provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Campo was taken to the California Institution for Men in Chino for processing. Escape charges are pending.

Of all offenders who have escaped from an adult institution, conservation camp or community-based program since 1977, 98.7 percent have been apprehended.


May 24, 2012
Contact: Terry Thornton
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