UPDATE: 2:30 p.m.
Law enforcement officials successfully apprehended 29-year-old Edgar Gonzalez, a conservation camp inmate who went missing Nov. 2. “Acting on investigative leads, agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Service Unit Rancho Cucamonga, with the assistance of the Los Angeles Fugitive Apprehension Team, arrested Edgar Gonzalez at a residence in Lancaster,” a state-issued news release said. Gonzalez was taken into custody without incident at 11:40 a.m. Friday at the Sunset Ridge Apartments in Lancaster. ORIGINAL STORY: 9:45 a.m.
Law enforcement officials are searching for a minimum-security inmate who escaped from an Acton conservation camp overnight. Camp 11 staff determined 29-year-old Edgar Gonzalez was missing during a head count at 9 p.m. Thursday. Law enforcement personnel searched the camp’s buildings and grounds but did not find the absent inmate. The camp, located at 8800 Soledad Canyon Road, is about five miles east of Santa Clarita city limits and six miles east of Shadow Pines Boulevard.
Several police agencies including the state corrections department, California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were notified and are assisting in Gonzalez’s capture. Gonzalez was last seen around 7:05 p.m. at his work assignment as a camp cook, according to a state-issued news release. The 29-year-old is described as a Hispanic male standing at 5 feet 5 inches tall. Gonzalez weighs approximately 280 pounds and is bald with brown eyes, the news release said. The missing inmate was ordered to serve a 32-month sentence for possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm. He was scheduled to be released from the Acton conservation camp in August 2018. Anyone who sees Gonzalez should call 911 or local law enforcement immediately, the release states. If you have knowledge of Gonzalez’s location, contact the Sierra Conservation Camp Watch Commander at (209) 984-5291, extension 5439, or Acton Conservation Camp at (661) 268-0113.