SAN DIEGO — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for Gilbert Escobedo, 35, an offender who walked away from the Male Community Re-entry Program (MCRP) facility in San Diego on December 27, 2021.
An emergency search began at approximately 3:15 p.m. Monday afternoon after Escobedo’s GPS monitor notified authorities of tampering while he was on approved community leave.
Local law enforcement agencies have been notified and agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety have been dispatched to locate and apprehend Escobedo.
Escobedo is 6 feet, 1 inch tall, weighs approximately 203 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. Escobedo was sentenced to CDCR from San Diego County on April 1, 2021 to serve a two-year sentence for second-degree robbery and second-degree burglary. He transferred to the MCRP in November and was scheduled to be released to parole supervision in February 2022.
The MCRP allows eligible participants committed to state prison to serve the end of their sentences in the re-entry center and provides them the programs and tools necessary to transition from custody to the community. The program links offenders to a range of community-based rehabilitative services that assist with substance use disorders, mental health care, medical care, 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.