Crime & Justice

LA Sheriff's Department searching for missing inmate

The Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles on June 8, 2007.
The Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles on June 8, 2007.
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A search was underway at Los Angeles's Twin Towers Correctional Facility for an inmate who was unaccounted for during a wristband count Wednesday night.

The inmate’s name is Christopher Lee Brown, a 37-year-old transient man who was arrested by Alhambra police for burglary. Brown has multiple prior offenses, including grand theft and similar charges, says Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Captain Mike Parker.

“We don’t know for a fact where he is, and therefore we’re working under a negative presumption, and that’s why we’re searching every part of the jail and also making sure this wasn’t an updating problem on our part,” Parker said.

Wristband counts happen several times a day, Parker said. Sometimes inmates are unaccounted for due to reasons like a court hearing.

“It happens a lot less than it used to, because we have these barcode scanners that enable us to know where the inmate is, but if the barcode scanner malfunctions or somebody didn’t scan someone, then you could be a step behind where the inmate actually is,” Parker said. “As each hour clicks by, then that makes it even more unusual.”

Parker said that this situation would be considered unusual.