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Offenders Who Walked Away from San Diego Reentry Facility Apprehended in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Two women who walked away from the Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program (CCTRP) in San Diego on Nov. 2 have been apprehended and transported to state prison.

Karen Flores, 26, and Gisselle Rivas, 20, were arrested at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, in the Southwest area of Los Angeles by agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Service Unit (SSU).

Following investigative leads, special agents from SSU San Diego and San Diego Fugitive Apprehension Team apprehended Flores and Rivas while they were standing outside in the area of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Western Avenue.

They were taken into custody without incident and transported to California Institution for Women in Corona. Their cases will be referred to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

While conducting a room search of the CCTRP on Armstrong Street Thursday, Nov. 2, staff discovered a cell phone in the room shared by Flores and Rivas. Shortly after, staff was alerted that both women had removed their ankle monitors. An emergency count was conducted at 11:50 a.m., followed by a facility-wide search. One ankle monitor was discovered on program grounds. CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety and local law enforcement agencies assisted in the search and apprehension efforts.

Flores was received by CDCR from Los Angeles County in August 2016 to serve two years, eight months for second-degree robbery and grand theft. She had been participating in CCTRP since May 2017 and was scheduled to be released in September 2018.

Rivas was received by CDCR in January 2017 from Los Angeles County to serve four years for first-degree burglary and vehicle theft. She had been participating in CCTRP since June 2017 and was scheduled to be released in April 2018.

CCTRP allows eligible participants to serve the remainder of their sentence in a community program in lieu of confinement in state prison. CCTRP provides a range of rehabilitative services that assist with alcohol and drug recovery, employment, education, housing, family reunification and social support.

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

CONTACT: Krissi Khokhobashvili, (916) 445-4950

Gisselle Rivas

Karen Flores