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Officials Arrest Offender Who Walked Away from Miramonte Conservation Camp

SOUTH GATE — Law enforcement officials on Tuesday, Sept. 3 arrested an offender who walked away from Miramonte Conservation Camp in Fresno County on Aug. 31.

At approximately 9 p.m., Francisco Villamil was taken into custody without incident at a motel in South Gate by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Special Service Unit in Rancho Cucamonga. Villamil was transported to California Institution for Men in Chino. The case will be referred to the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of escape charges.

On Aug. 31 Villamil was seen jogging away from camp at 5:05 p.m. An officer lost sight of the minimum-security inmate, but noticed a small SUV drive away from the area. A search of the camp buildings and grounds was immediately conducted.

Villamil, 32, was committed to CDCR on Nov. 19, 2014, from Los Angeles County to serve a 10-year sentence for second-degree robbery. He was scheduled to parole in November 2020.

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

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Contact: Terri Hardy (916) 445-4950