Inmate escapes from re-entry facility in Los Angeles County

ByABC7.com staff via KABC logo
Monday, September 21, 2015
Joseph R. Gallegos, 29, is shown in an undated mugshot photo.
Joseph R. Gallegos, 29, is shown in an undated mugshot photo.
KABC

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Authorities are looking for a state prison inmate who escaped from a Los Angeles County re-entry facility last Wednesday.

Joseph R. Gallegos, 29, was being transferred from Kern Valley State Prison to the Male Community Re-Entry Program in Los Angeles County. Around 4:30 p.m., Gallegos, who was wearing a GPS device, was seen jumping over a fence, ignoring orders to stop. He then jumped into a waiting car.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation dispatched agents to locate and apprehend Gallegos. He was serving a three-year sentence for evading or attempting to evade a police officer while driving recklessly, vehicle theft with prior car-related theft convictions, receiving a stolen car and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person.

Gallegos also served multiple short-term prison sentences in 2009 and 2013 for possession of marijuana for sale, vehicle theft and possession of a firearm by a felon or addict.

He was described as a Hispanic man with brown eyes and black hair. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds. Anyone who sees Gallegos or has information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately.