Two Inmates Escape from Marsh Creek Detention Facility

The Contra Costa County Sheriff reported on Sunday that two prisoners escaped from the Marsh Creek Detention Facility in Clayton, California.

According to information provided by the department, at 11:20 in the morning on Sunday the two prisoners allegedly made their escape from the facility at 12000 Marsh Creek Road.

The Sheriff identified the prisoners as:

  • 33-year-old Gerardo Ramirez-Vera of Richmond. He was sentenced on weapon, burglary, and vandalism charges. He was due to be released in the first week of January 2023.
  • 28-year-old Jorge Garcia-Escamilla of Pittsburg. He was being held on charges that include vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of burglary tools, and drug possession. He had a future court date in three weeks.

The Sheriff said that “An emergency count was conducted, and a comprehensive search of the facility and the immediate area was carried out. Law enforcement agencies in the area were notified and an alert was sent to residents in the area.

MCDF is a minimum-security facility, which likely facilitated the pair’s escape. It houses inmates serving sentences for lower-level charges. The Sheriff said that “Both men are now facing felony charges of escape from a county detention facility.”

Alert from CWS

A Community Warning System alert originally instructed citizens to lock their doors and be on the lookout for the alleged escapees, but it later indicated that “the ground search has been discontinued” and that the pair are not believed to be in the area.

“The search for the two is ongoing. Anyone with information on their whereabouts or who might have seen them is asked to call Sheriff’s dispatch at (925) 646-2441,” said the Sheriff’s department.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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