A 24-year-old convict who walked away from a re- entry program in Los Angeles was apprehended Wednesday in Downey.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials had been looking for Jessie Barraza after they were alerted about 8:10 p.m. Tuesday that his GPS device had been removed while out on an approved pass, authorities said.

A location was not immediately given.

Barraza was captured about 1:50 p.m. by CDCR agents.

Barraza was sent to prison from Los Angeles County in June with a two- year sentence for grand theft auto and evading peace officers while driving recklessly, authorities said. On Aug. 29, he was transferred from North Kern State Prison to the Male Community Re-entry Program, which allows eligible offenders to serve the end of their prison sentences in a re-entry center, and he was scheduled to be released to probation in February, authorities said.

His case will now be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution.

—City News Service

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