Inmate escapes from facility in Otay Mesa

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SAN DIEGO — An inmate worker serving a nine-year drug-related sentence escaped from a facility in San Diego Sunday.

Omar Ramirez Sandoval, 47, who also was facing deportation, was reported missing about 1 p.m. from the East Mesa Re-entry Facility at 446 Alta Road, said Sgt. Chris Davis of the San Diego Fugitive Task Force. The facility inmate worker was last seen about 7 a.m., Davis said.

Sandoval was wearing a tan and white worker uniform with San Diego Jail markings. Sandoval is Hispanic, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He is clean-shaven with a short crew cut.

He had been sentenced to nine years after being convicted of selling and transporting narcotics, Davis said.

It’s unclear how he escaped.

Anyone with information regarding Sandoval’s whereabouts was urged to call the sheriff’s department at 858-565-5200. Anonymous tips can be provided by calling Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.


  • Phil Tomplinson

    Uh, that facility is about a mile from the Mexican border, so I’m guessing he’s southbound by now, enjoying TJ tacos and drinking cold Tecate. We call that self-deportation in these parts…

  • tomas the rhymer

    You folks in California seem to have too many people in your prison system. Send them here, to Texas, and we will execute them for you! Just look at the current law enforcement work that just happened in Waco. Nine dead bikers. We mean business here and EVERYONE carries a gun.

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