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Convict who walked away from Kearny Mesa halfway house captured

Posted at 4:37 PM, Mar 16, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-16 19:37:05-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A prison inmate who escaped from a Kearny Mesa halfway house two weeks agowas re-arrested Thursday, authorities reported.

Agents with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation took Cynthia Baker, 31, into custody without incident in El Cajon shortly before 1 p.m., according to CDCR public affairs. She was expected to be re-imprisoned at the California Institution for Women in Chino.

The case will be referred to the San Diego County District Attorney's Office for consideration of escape charges, the state agency reported.

Baker walked away from a Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program facility on Armstrong Street without authorization on the morning of March 4, according to corrections officials. She had been incarcerated last October after receiving a three-year sentence for assault with force likely to result in great bodily injury.

The CCTRP program allows eligible inmates to serve the ends of their sentences in a community program in lieu of continued confinement in state prison.

It provides a range of rehabilitative services that assist with alcohol and drug recovery, employment, education, housing, family reunification, and social support, according to state officials.