2017-03-16 / Breaking News / Front Page / Local News

Escapee hooked up in Cathey’s Valley

Deputy makes arrest
Gazette staff report

Castro was apprehended this morning, March 21, in Cathey's Valley.Castro was apprehended this morning, March 21, in Cathey's Valley.

An inmate who walked away from the Mt. Bullion Camp has been caught.

Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies said inmate Blake Castro, 31, was captured at 8:27 a.m. in Cathey’s Valley this morning. A citizen reported a suspicious person and called law enforcement. A deputy responded and made the arrest. Castro is now in jail.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials were searching for Castro, a minimum-security inmate who walked away from the Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) Mount Bullion Conservation Camp (CC #39) in Mariposa County on March 20, 2017. 

Castro was reported missing during an inmate count Monday, March 20. He was last seen at 2 a.m. Monday in his assigned housing unit.

CDCR, CAL FIRE, law enforcement personnel, the California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies were notified and assisted in the search for Castro.

He was committed to CDCR on Aug. 2, 2016, from Fresno County to serve a four-year sentence for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. He was scheduled to be released in November 2018.

Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.

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