An inmate serving an auto theft sentence walked away from a Los Angeles County re-entry facility Friday, just three months before he was due to be released on probation.
Sarkis Akopyan, 33, had been transferred Tuesday from the California Institute for Men to the Male Community Re-entry Program facility on South Grand Avenue, according to Krissi Khokhobashvili of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
“After being notified approximately 10:06 a.m. that Akopyan’s GPS device had been tampered with, staff initiated an emergency count and facility search,” Khokhobashvili said. “Akopyan’s GPS device was found down the street from the facility.”
Local law enforcement was notified and CDCR agents were dispatched to search for the fugitive, she said.
Akopyan is from South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, a British island chain in the south Atlantic Ocean. He is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.
He was taken into CDCR custody on March 25 to serve a two-year sentence for a vehicle theft conviction and was due to be released on probation in November, Khokhobashvili said.
Anyone who spots Akopyan or has knowledge of his whereabouts was urged to call local law enforcement or 911.
— City News Service