Photo: LATINO BLOTTER: Barking Dogs Lead Police to Escaped Inmate, Marco Cabrera
For nearly 24 hours, California police were scouring the Folsom area looking for escaped prison inmate Marco Cabrera.
Officials say the 32-year-old was discovered missing Sunday night during a routine head count at around 9 p.m. Cabrera was being held at California State Prison-Sacramento’s minimum security facility.
Cabrera reportedly left the facility and stole a car about three miles from the prison. Neighbors of the victim used their vehicles to block Cabrera after he hit a water main with the stolen car.
Realizing he was not getting anywhere in the stolen car, Cabrera grabbed the victim’s cell phone and took off on foot.
For almost 24 hours, officers were unable to find Cabrera, that is until they received a canine tip.
While attempting to travel through a family’s rural property near El Dorado County, two Labradors began chasing him. Looking for his dogs, their owner followed the sound of their barking and discovered Cabrera standing the bed of a pickup truck with the dogs barking around him.
Inmates in the minimum security facility are those serving three to five years for non-violent, non-sex, and non-serious offenses according to Sgt. LeVance Quinn, spokesman for the facility.
Quinn said that since the 222 minimum security inmates are housed outside the prison’s maximum security area, Cabrera’s escape was really more of a “walkaway rather than an escape.”
Cabrera was serving a five-year sentence for assault with a firearm, transport/sale of marijuana, corporal injury to a spouse, possession of an assault weapon, possession of a firearm by an ex-felon and possession of ammunition by an ex-felon. He was admitted to the facility on August 4, 2011.
He now faces charges of robbery and auto theft.