A 43-year-old inmate escaped Sunday from the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, officials said.
“A search of the Pitchess Detention Center compound is currently underway,” read a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which identified the inmate as David Luis Bustamonte.
Bustamonte was not present during an inmate count at the center’s South Facility, located at 29320 The Old Rd.
“The facility was placed on immediate lockdown to locate Bustamonte within the vast compounds,” according to the statement. “We are utilizing many resources, including scent dogs, to search the facility and locate the suspect as quickly as possible.”
Bustamonte was described as a 5-feet-6-inch tall Latino man weighing 155 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
It was not immediately known what time he had been reported missing from the facility.
The sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau asked anyone with information regarding Bustamonte’s whereabouts to call them at (562) 946-7893 or dial 911.