By Staff | OPEC
Special agents from the CDCR Office of Correctional Safety arrested an inmate May 24 who escaped from custody nearly 30 years ago.

Special agents from the Rancho Cucamonga Special Service Unit arrested Carlos Campo, 50, at his residence in an unincorporated area of Azusa.

Campo, who was convicted of second-degree burglary in Los Angeles County and sentence to one year, four months in December 1982, escaped from a work-furlough re-entry program on August 26, 1983.
Campo lived as “Carlos Herrera,” an identity he purchased in Los Angeles, according to John M. Santos, Senior Special Agent. “Herrera” had resided in the San Gabriel Valley since 1993 and had worked as a flea market vendor, Santos said.

Special Agent Guillermo Moreno and Parole Agent II Scott Webb developed new leads in the case using several databases, cooperation with numerous agencies and surveillance.  Their investigation revealed that Campo had been arrested in 1993 for assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm, and was placed on probation for 36 months, but that CDCR was not notified of the arrest.

Santos said at the time there was no system to compare fingerprints electronically, and the process was very time consuming.

Agents Moreno and Webb arrested Campo after a positive match with fingerprints provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Campo was taken to the California Institution for Men in Chino for processing. Escape charges are pending.
Of all offenders who have escaped from an adult institution, conservation camp or community-based program since 1977, 98.7 percent have been apprehended, according to the Office of Correctional Safety.