PALMDALE – A 35-year-old inmate who walked away from a Male Community Reentry Program facility in Los Angeles early Saturday morning was apprehended several hours later in Palmdale, authorities said.
Michael Rogers was determined to have left the facility at 3745 S. Grand Avenue without authorization at around 1:25 a.m. Saturday, April 17, according to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials.
Rogers was serving a five-year, eight-month sentence for vehicle theft as a second-striker and was scheduled for release in May, officials said.
Rogers was taken into custody without incident at around 6:18 p.m. Saturday, April 17, in Palmdale, officials said.
He will be held at California State Prison in Lancaster while the case is referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney, officials said.
It was the second time this week an inmate walked away from a reentry facility. Inmate Jaime Clara walked away from one of the three Male Community Reentry Program facilities in Los Angeles on April 14 but was found at a Gardena residence and taken into custody later that day.
The reentry facilities allow inmates to serve the end of their sentences while being provided the tools needed to transition from custody to the community, officials said.
There are three such facilities in Los Angeles County, according to the CDCR website.