UPDATE: The inmate who escaped from Kern Valley State Prison on May 15 was apprehended on Saturday, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The department said the California Highway Patrol and CDCR agents conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle and determined the driver to be the inmate, Flavio Carbajal. The CDCR said he suffered facial injuries while law enforcement attempted to detain him.
Carbajal was taken back to the prison and was evaluated by medical personnel and then taken to an outside hospital for a higher level of care, the department said. Hospital officials said Carbajal was in fair condition as of today.
Carbajal’s case will be referred to the Kern County District Attorney for consideration of escape charges, the department said.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Kern Valley State Prison officials said an inmate escaped Friday evening from its Minimum Support Facility in Delano after only eight days of being in custody at the prison.
Officials said 37-year-old Flavio Carbajal walked away from the facility sometime Friday. Officials made the discovery after he was reported missing at around 7:36 p.m.
Carbajal is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall weighing 225 pounds.
He is currently serving a six-year sentence for corporal injury on a person resulting in traumatic condition and was received by Kern Valley State Prison on May 7. Carbajal had been incarcerated from Fresno County since October 2018, officials said.
If you’ve seen Carbajal or know where he might be, you are asked to call 911, local law enforcement or the Kern Valley State Prison at 661-721-6314.