Editor’s Note: King was located in the Watts area of Los Angeles and taken back into custody without issue just before 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, authorities said. His case will be presented by authorities to the Los Angeles County District Attorney for filing consideration on escape charges.
Authorities say they’re looking for a convicted robber who walked away from a Long Beach reentry center where he was serving out the remainder of his prison sentence.
Law enforcement began searching for Dajuan King, 26, around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday after getting notice that his electronic tracking device had been tampered with and that someone had activated a door alarm at the Male Community Reentry Program in Long Beach, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials said in a press release Thursday.
“Within minutes, agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety were directed to locate and apprehend King and notification was made to local law enforcement,” the CDCR said.
Authorities said King is 6 feet tall, about 175 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. They asked anyone who sees him to call 911.
King arrived at the reentry program on June 4, 2018, to serve out the remainder of a 10-year sentence for a robbery, CDCR officials said, adding that the conviction was his second strike.
It’s unclear how much time he had left in his sentence, but according to the CDCR, the reentry program is voluntary for people who have approximately one year left to serve.
The program aims to help inmates by giving them tools and rehab services to help them transition back into society, including linking them to community-based rehabilitative services that assist with substance use disorders, mental health care, medical care, employment, education, housing, family reunification and social support, according to the CDCR.