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Inmate Arrested After Ditching GPS Tracker and Escaping in San Diego

Ninety-nine percent of escaped offenders have been apprehended since 1977, said CDCR officials

An inmate who ditched his GPS tracker and took off in San Diego was arrested Monday, confirmed state officials.

The authorities searched for 24-year-old Quincy Crawford, who fled the Male Community Re-entry Program (MCRP) facility on Thursday, Aug. 3, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

U.S. Marshals Service officials apprehended Crawford at about 6:30 p.m. in Albuquerque, New Mexico less than a week later. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center.

Crawford will be taken back to the prison in California, and his case will be referred to the San Diego County District Attorney's Office, said state officials.

While he was attending a college class, Crawford cut off his GPS device and disappeared, said CDCR spokesperson Krissi Khokhobashvili. It happened around the same time that he was last seen exiting the MCRP facility on an approved pass to attend college courses.

The GPS device was discovered abandoned in a parking lot, tossed near a trash can at a fast food restaurant in North Park, said CDCR officials.

Local law enforcement agencies were immediately alerted that Crawford escaped, according to CDCR. Within minutes, agents took off to search for Crawford.

Crawford is serving a 6-year sentence for two counts of burglary in the first degree and pimping. He arrived at CDCR in January 2015 and was transferred to the MCRP last May.

He was scheduled to be released on probation in April 2018, according to CDCR.

The MCRP allows eligible offenders to transition back into the community with helpful programs and tools. Male offenders with about one year left to serve can volunteer for the program, said CDCR officials.

The facility is not a secure area, with no electrified fence surrounding the location. Inmates live in open houses with staff around 24/7, while wearing the GPS devices, said Khokhobashvili. They earn different privileges as they go through the program, such as going to school, having a job and visiting family.

Crawford will face escape charges and could have time added to his sentence, said Khokhobashvili.

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