Law Enforcement Searching for Inmate Who Walked Away From Lake County Conservation Camp

Press release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR):

Nicolas DunningCalifornia Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are searching for a minimum-security inmate who walked away from Konocti Conservation Camp in Lake County today.

Inmate Nicolas Dunning, 32, was discovered missing at 7:40 a.m. A search of the camp buildings and grounds was immediately conducted. CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety, CAL FIRE, the California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies have been notified and are assisting in the search.

Dunning is a white male, 6 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing 181 pounds. He is bald with green eyes. He was committed to CDCR from Imperial County in April 2018 with a five-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon.

Anyone who sees Dunning should contact 911 or law enforcement authorities immediately. Anyone having information about or knowledge of the location of Dunning should contact the CCC Watch Commander at (530) 257-2181, extension 4173.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 31, 2018

CONTACT: Lt. Charlene Billings

(530) 257-2181 ext. 4110

UPDATE Jan 6: Press release from CDCR:

Authorities apprehended [January 5] a minimum-security inmate who walked away from Konocti Conservation Camp in Lake County on Dec. 31.

Inmate Nicolas Dunning was taken into custody without incident at around 1:15 a.m. during a traffic stop in Coachella. The arrest was made by officers from the Riverside County Gang Impact Team based on investigative leads. Dunning is being transported to Calipatria State Prison, and his case will be referred to the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of escape charges.

Several law enforcement agencies assisted CDCR during the investigation, including the Imperial County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Anaheim Police Department, Cathedral City Police Department, and Palm Springs Police Department.

Dunning was discovered missing at 7:40 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 31. A search of the camp buildings and grounds was immediately conducted. He was committed to CDCR from Imperial County in April 2018 with a five-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon.

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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