A 35-year-old inmate who walked away from a Male Community Reentry Program facility in Los Angeles early Saturday has been apprehended this evening in Palmdale.

Michael Rogers was determined to have left the facility at 3745 S. Grand Ave. without authorization at 1:25 a.m., according to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials.

He was serving a five-year, eight-month sentence for vehicle theft as a second-striker and was scheduled for release in May, officials said.

Rogers was taken into custody without incident at 6:18 p.m. in Palmdale, officials said.

He will be held at California State Prison, Los Angeles County in Lancaster while the case is referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney, officials said.

It was the second time this week an inmate walked away from a reentry facility. Inmate Jaime Clara walked away from one of the three Male Community Reentry Program facilities in Los Angeles Wednesday but was found at a Gardena residence and taken into custody later that day.

The reentry facilities allow inmates to serve the end of their sentences while being provided the tools needed to transition from custody to the community, officials said.

There are three such facilities in Los Angeles including the one on Grand Avenue, at 566 S. San Pedro St. and 2307 W. Sixth St., according to the CDCR website.

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