Crime & Justice

Prison officials capture inmate who escaped Acton facility

A minimum-security inmate Edgar Gonzalez walked away from the Acton Conservation Camp on Thursday, Nov. 2 and was caught by authorities the next day.
A minimum-security inmate Edgar Gonzalez walked away from the Acton Conservation Camp on Thursday, Nov. 2 and was caught by authorities the next day.
Courtesy of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

A minimum-security inmate who walked away from the Acton Conservation Camp was caught Friday, Nov. 3 in Lancaster. Edgar Gonzalez, a cook at the facility, had walked away on Thursday.

Gonzalez was arrested shortly before noon at an apartment in Lancaster. He was transported to California State Prison-Los Angeles County.

Gonzalez was discovered missing during a routine head count at 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2.

He was serving a two-year, eight-month sentence for possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm. He had been at the Acton facility since August 2017 and was scheduled to be released in August 2018.

His will no longer be eligible to stay at the fire camp and his case has been forwarded to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Another inmate who walked away from from a minimum security prison in Lancaster on Saturday, October 28 is still at large. Authorities are looking for Jason Kohr, 36, had been serving a six-year term for vehicle theft, attempting to evade a peace officer while driving recklessly and second-degree burglary.

According to the California Department of Corrections, "Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp or community-based program without permission have been apprehended."

Inmate Jason Kohr, 36, escaped from the Mininum-Support Facility at California State Prison-Los Angeles County in Lancaster on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017.
Inmate Jason Kohr, 36, escaped from the Mininum-Support Facility at California State Prison-Los Angeles County in Lancaster on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017.
Courtesy of the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation