Crime & Justice

Inmate who walked away from jail assignment arrested in Lancaster

Edgar Gonzalez.
Edgar Gonzalez.
CDCR

California prison officials have found one of the two inmates who walked away from low-security facilities in recent days.

Edgar Gonzalez, 29, was discovered missing Thursday night from the Acton Fire Camp, where he was working as a cook. He was arrested shortly before noon Friday at a Lancaster home and taken back to prison.

Gonzalez was serving almost three years for possession of a controlled substance and a firearm. He had been assigned to the Acton camp since August.

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

Jason Kohr, 36, fled from a minimum security facility at the California State Prison in Lancaster last Saturday.

"There's not a secure perimeter like what you would think of as a prison. There's not a lethal electrified fence," California Department of Corrections spokesperson Krissi Khokhobashvili said.

Kohr was serving a six-year term for vehicle theft and other charges.

Both men were scheduled to be released next summer.

Very few inmates who walk away from adult institutions, camps or community-based programs enjoy their freedom for long. The Corrections Department says 99 percent of those who have escaped since 1977 have eventually been caught.

Authorities urge anyone who sees either man to call 911 immediately.