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Minimum‑Security Inmate Walks Away from Pleasant Valley State Prison

COALINGA — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for a minimum-security inmate who walked away from the minimum-support facility at Pleasant Valley State Prison.

Inmate Hector Fernandez was discovered missing at 12 a.m. after an inmate count was conducted. On-duty staff immediately began searching the surrounding areas. Notification was made to local law enforcement agencies and CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety.

Fernandez, 32, is a Hispanic male, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighs 135 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen at approximately 9:30 p.m.

He was received by CDCR in June 2017 from San Bernardino County with a 12-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, evading a peace officer, and vehicle theft.

Anyone who sees Fernandez should immediately contact law enforcement or call 911. Anyone knowing the location of Fernandez, or having other relevant information is asked to contact the PVSP Watch Commander at (559) 967-8336.

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


Contact: (916) 445-4950

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