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Authorities Apprehend Inmate Who Walked Away from Minimum‑Support Facility at Salinas Valley State Prison

SOLEDAD — A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) inmate who walked away from the minimum-support facility at Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) on Wednesday, Aug. 2, was apprehended this morning in Linda, in Yuba County.

At approximately 9:20 a.m., officers from the Yuba City Police Department spotted Donald Likens as he was riding a bicycle, recognizing him from a flier that was distributed by agents from CDCR’s Special Service Unit. Likens was quickly taken into custody without incident and will be returned to SVSP.

Likens was reported missing at approximately 7:10 p.m. Wednesday evening. Notification was immediately made to local law enforcement agencies to assist in the search.

Likens, 28, was received by CDCR in November 2016 from Yuba County to serve a four-year, eight-month sentence for first-degree burglary, evading a peace officer while driving recklessly, and vehicle theft. Likens will now face escape charges, and will not be eligible to be housed in a minimum-support facility again.

SVSP opened in May 1996 on approximately 300 acres in Monterey County. The institution provides long-term housing for approximately 3,500 minimum- and maximum-custody male inmates.

Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.

Contact: Lt. Eduardo Mazariegos, (831) 678-5554