Police arrest man at North County hotel after he left halfway house

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Larry Johnson, 51, who left and did not return to a local halfway house, according to authorities.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Authorities arrested a 51-year-old man at a nearby hotel Thursday after he did not return to the Barrio Logan halfway house where he was completing his sentence for identity theft.

Around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, staff at the Male Community Re-entry Program facility on Boston Avenue were notified that Larry Johnson’s GPS tracking device had been disabled, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He had last been seen that afternoon on an approved pass to go to work at an undisclosed location.

Police said Johnson was arrested at a Carlsbad hotel later Thursday morning, and that he will now be headed back to incarceration at Richard J Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego.

Johnson was transferred to the MCRP facility in July after receiving a four-year sentence on April 22, 2019, for identity theft, a “second strike” offense, and had been scheduled to be released to probation in May 2021.

According to corrections authorities, 99% of all offenders since 1977 who have left a halfway house, camp or other community-based program without permission have been caught.

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