Inmate escapes from Otay Mesa jail facility

Posted at 11:04 AM, Aug 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 08:40:11-04

SAN DIEGO - Authorities asked the public Monday to keep an eye out for an inmate who escaped from a jail facility in Otay Mesa over the weekend.

Corrections officers discovered Demetrius B. Robertson was missing from Facility Eight, a facility located next to George Bailey Detention Facility on Alta Road, during a head count Sunday, according to sheriff's officials.

Sources told 10News the inmate had gone missing around 3 p.m. and other law enforcement agencies were not notified until several hours later, around 8 p.m. His footsteps were traced to the nearby U.S. Olympic Training Center where it appeared he may have been been picked up at a park in the vicinity.

According to authorities, only inmates classified as 'low-medium security' are housed at Facility Eight.

Both prisons were placed on lockdown, and deputies searched in vain for the 24-year-old inmate by ground and air through the night with help from U.S. Border Patrol agents.

A checkpoint also was set up to search vehicles being driven out of the area, and the San Diego County Fugitive Task Force was mobilized to search areas Robertson has been known to frequent, including Chollas View, Chula Vista and College Grove.

Robertson, who also has gone by the last name Roberson, was arrested in May on a parole violation. He is a 5-foot-9-inch, roughly 195-pound black man with black hair and brown eyes. Prior to his escape, he was wearing a black sweatshirt and a baseball cap.

Officials asked anyone who spots Robertson to avoid approaching him and call 911. Information about his possible whereabouts also may be provided to San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.