NIPOMO, Calif. - Special agents with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) apprehended a missing inmate from the Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) in Nipomo on Friday.
The CDCR said 37-year-old inmate Edgar C. Delgado walked away from the Minimum Support Facility at SVSP on Tuesday, June 23.
The SLO County Sheriff's Office said a deputy was patrolling Los Osos around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday when they observed a vehicle parked in the 2000 Block of Turri Road. The vehicle was determined to be stolen and associated with inmate Delgado.
Deputies approached the vehicle and reported it was unoccupied. They then searched the area for Delgado but were unable to locate him.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Fugitive Apprehension Team then worked alongside SLO County deputies to determine Delgado's location, which they believed was still in San Luis Obispo County.
After investigating, CDCR Special Service Unit agents from Fresno and the Bay Area along with members of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force collected evidence leading them to believe Delgado was located in a fast-food restaurant in Nipomo.
Deputies were conducting a surveillance operation in a restaurant parking lot in the 500 Block of Tefft Street in Nipomo when they saw someone who matched Delgado’s description.
Agents responded to the location around 1:57 p.m. on Friday where Delgado was quickly arrested without incident and transported back to SVSP.
The CDCR said Delgado was admitted from Santa Barbara County on March 1, 2019, to serve a four-year sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance for sale. He was scheduled to be released in June 2021.
The Sheriff's Office said a follow-up investigation into the stolen vehicle revealed that there were numerous tools also stolen out of the vehicle. Investigators from CDCR and San Luis Obispo County Gang Task Force said they recovered the stolen tools at a residence in Los Osos and plan to return them to their owner.
Monterey County District Attorney’s Office will determine if he will receive escape charges.
SVSP houses about 2,900 minimum- and maximum-custody male inmates. The prison is located in Monterey County.