Benedict Romero. Photo: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Benedict Romero. Photo: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

A man who was housed at an El Monte residence while completing a vehicle theft sentence through the state’s Alternative Custody Program went missing Friday, authorities said.

Benedict Romero, 39, was found to be missing at 9:34 a.m., according to Thomas Davies of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Romero, who had been participating in the Alternative Custody Program since January, had tampered with his ankle monitor, Davies said.

The Alternative Custody Program allows eligible offenders to serve up to the last 12 months of their sentence in private residences, transitional care facilities or residential drug or other treatment programs instead of state prison.

Romero was serving a 32-month sentence after being convicted in Los Angeles County and placed into CDCR custody last May. He had been due to be paroled in December, Davies said.

Romero is 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighs 185 pounds and has brown eyes and black hair. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts was urged to call 911 immediately.

–City News Service

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