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State Prison Escapee Recaptured

Carolyn Macy in Fairfax

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) special agents today announced the arrest of Carolyn Macy in Fairfax, Virginia, 12 years after she had escaped from detention in Los Angeles.

“I commend our special agent for investigating this case with tenacity and commitment,” Office of Correctional Safety Chief Anthony Chaus said. “We never stop looking for an escapee and are committed to apprehending them no matter what.”

Macy, who has a criminal history consisting of various theft-related crimes and identity theft, was sent to state prison from Santa Clara County on May 25, 1999 with a three-year sentence for grand theft of an employer exceeding $400 and defrauding with the use of an access card. Prior to her scheduled parole date, Macy was transferred to the Central City Community Center in Los Angeles on January 7, 2000. On February 2, 2000, she escaped from CDCR custody.

Recently, a CDCR special agent assisted by a parole agent developed several new leads and then located Macy in Fairfax, Virginia. Working with the Fairfax County Sheriff and the Loudoun County Sheriff in Virginia, the agent conducted further investigations that ultimately led to Macy’s arrest.

Officers with the Fairfax and Loudoun county sheriff’s departments took Macy into custody on Friday, October 26. Virginia authorities also said Macy was still involved in identity theft and may also file additional criminal charges.

The Office of Correctional Safety handles all major adult and juvenile law enforcement, investigative, security and intelligence functions for CDCR. This includes critical incident response, apprehending fugitive parolees and escaped inmates and conducting complex investigations and surveillances involving inmates and parolees suspected of major crime or organized gang activity.

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