San Diegan inmate found in Encinitas after escape from Chino prison

Posted at 11:00 AM, Jan 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-16 14:06:14-05

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An inmate who escaped from the California Institution for Men (CIM) in Chino on Sunday was found and taken into custody Monday night. 

Michael Garrett, 33, was taken into custody without incident at 6:05 p.m. by the San Diego Sheriff’s Office-Encinitas.
Following investigative leads, special agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Office of Correctional Safety, Special Service Unit and Fugitive Apprehension Team tracked Garrett to a Vons grocery store at 453 Santa Fe Drive.
The San Diego Sheriff’s Office responded to the location, where they found Garrett standing in front of the store. He was taken into custody and will be transported back to CIM.

Garrett was unaccounted for Sunday night when guards conducted an evening inmate count at the CIM in Chino, said Krissi Khokhobashvili of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

"An emergency search was immediately conducted, and Garrett was not found,'' Khokhobashvili said. "Escape procedures were immediately activated, to include notification of local law enforcement and the activation of Office of Correctional Safety special agents to locate and apprehend Garrett.''

Garrett was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison in San Diego County Superior Court following convictions last year on charges of first-degree burglary, vehicle theft and evading or attempting to evade a peace officer while driving recklessly, officials said.

He was sent to the Chino prison, which houses about 3,400 minimum- and medium-security prisoners, on October 30, 2017 and was due to be paroled in October of next year. 

His case will now be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for consideration of escape charges.