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Agents Apprehend Convicted Car Thief Who Fled Re-Entry Program in San Ysidro

Since 1977, agents have successfully apprehended 99 percent of offenders who leave the re-entry program without permission, according to the CDCR.

A convicted car thief who ditched his GPS tracking device and fled from a Re-Entry Program facility in May was arrested Friday, confirmed officials.

Israel Hernandez, 27, was arrested at 4 p.m. in San Ysidro by agents on the Special Service Unit for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Agents located Hernandez through a special investigation.

He was taken to the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, where he is currently in custody, according to CDCR officials.

On May 11, Hernandez was seen walking out the back door of the Male Community Re-Entry Program facility(MCRP) at 4:20 a.m. Minutes later, agents were dispatched to search for him.

They found his court-ordered GPS device abandoned in a nearby parking lot, according to the CDCR.

Hernandez was serving a two-year, eight-month sentence for vehicle theft as a second striker. After being transferred to the MCRP last March, he was scheduled to be released on probation in March 2018.

The MCRP is a voluntary program for male offenders with about a year left to serve, said CDCR officials. The program offers tools and resources to help inmates transition back into the community.

No further information was available about the investigation that lead agents to locate and apprehend Hernandez.

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