Inmate who walked away from San Diego prison program found


Antonio Antunez, 28, who officials say walked away from the Male Community
Re-entry Program facility in San Diego on October 29, 2021. (Photo: CDCR)

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – State and federal officers Tuesday captured a convict who fled a Barrio Logan halfway house last week, authorities said.

Investigators with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Antonio Antunez Jr., 28, without incident in Mission Valley shortly after 8:30 a.m., according to CDCR public affairs.

Antunez had walked away from a Male Community Re-entry Program work- release facility in the 2700 block of Boston Avenue on Friday night after managing to remove his required body-worn GPS device, the state corrections agency reported.

Antunez will be admitted to R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa while the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office reviews the case for possible filing of escape charges against him, officials said.

Antunez was incarcerated in August to serve a two-year term for burglary and was transferred to the MCRP facility last month. Prior to his alleged escape, he had been scheduled to be released to county supervision in March.

The state work-release program allows eligible prison inmates to serve the end of their sentences in a reentry center and provides them with services to help them transition successfully from custody to the community at large.

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