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Inmate Apprehended after Walking Away from Minimum Support Facility of Kern Valley State Prison

DELANO – Special Agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on Saturday apprehended inmate Flavio Carbajal, who walked away from the Minimum Support Facility of Kern Valley State Prison on May 15, 2020.

Following up on investigative leads, the California Highway Patrol and agents from CDCR’s Special Services Unit conducted a vehicle stop on May 30. Carbajal, an occupant in the vehicle, suffered facial injuries during the apprehension.

Carbajal was transported to Kern Valley State Prison, evaluated by medical personnel and then transported to an outside hospital for a higher level of care. Hospital officials said Carbajal was in fair condition Monday.

On May 15, Carbajal was reported missing and an emergency count was conducted confirming his absence. KVSP immediately notified local law enforcement agencies, activated its crisis response team and dispatched agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety in an attempt to locate and apprehend Carbajal.

Carbajal was received from Fresno County on Oct. 9, 2018, with a six-year sentence for corporal injury on specific persons resulting in traumatic condition. He was transferred to KVSP on May 7, 2019.

His case will be referred to the Kern County District Attorney for consideration of escape charges.

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. John Melvin (661) 721-6314