Escaped fugitive apprehended by Mariposa sheriffs

Blake Castro, 31
Blake Castro, 31

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials have apprehended a minimum-security inmate who walked away from the Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) Mount Bullion Conservation Camp in Mariposa County on Monday.

Blake Castro, 31, was reported missing during an inmate count. He was last seen at 2 a.m. Monday in his assigned housing unit, but was caught shortly before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Further details were not immediately available.

Castro was put in prison 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% of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.