Prisoner who escaped Fresno County camp caught


Francisco Villamil, 32 (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

FRESNO COUNTY, California (KSEE/KGPE) – A prisoner that escaped Saturday from a rural Fresno County conservation camp was found Tuesday in Los Angeles, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.

Agents from the CDCR arrested Francisco Villamil, 32, at around 8:50 p.m. in the Los Angeles suburb of South Gate, spokesman L. A. von Savoye said. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the state prison in Chino.

Villamil will eventually be transported back to the Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown.

He escaped on Saturday, around 5 p.m. from the Miramonte Conservation Camp in the Fresno County foothills, Savoye said. An officer saw him jog away to an SUV that pulled up to him.

Villamil is serving a 10-year sentence for second-degree robbery, according to the CDCR.

Miramonte Conservation Camp #5 houses about 80 minimum-security inmates and is located in Miramonte on Orchard Drive. It is jointly operated by the CDCR and Cal Fire.

The primary mission of the camp is to respond to wildfires and fire prevention projects within Fresno County.

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