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A prisoner who walked away from a community re-entry facility in Los Angeles County on Thursday has been apprehended, a state official said Saturday.

Jesse Hernandez, 38, who escaped from the Male Community Re-entry Program facility, was taken back into custody Friday, said Kristina Khokhobashvili of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Hernandez was apprehended in Ontario at approximately 12:30 p.m. Friday by agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Special Service Unit, with the support of the Ontario Police Department, Khokhobashvili said.

He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the California Institution for Men in Chino, and the case will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution, she said.

“After being notified at 8:33 p.m. (Thursday) that Hernandez’s GPS drnedevice had been tampered with, MCRP staff initiated an emergency count and facility search and discovered Hernandez was missing,” Khokhobashvili said.

Hernandez was transferred from Pleasant Valley State Prison to the MCRP in Los Angeles County — the location is being withheld — on Sept. 19. He had been sent to prison to serve a three-year sentence for offenses that included vehicle theft with priors, and was scheduled to be released on probation in March 2017.

—City News Service

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