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Manhunt underway after inmate escapes from Ventura County jail
Ventura County authorities were searching for an inmate who walked away from the county jail.

VENTURA, Calif. (KABC) -- Ventura County authorities were searching Thursday for an inmate who walked away from the county jail.

The inmate, identified as 31-year-old Jonathan Alfaro, walked away from a work detail at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility at 800 S. Victoria Avenue around 7 p.m. Thursday, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff's deputies with flashlights were seen combing dark grassy areas near the jail and a helicopter was searching from overhead.

Alfaro is a burglary suspect and authorities say he is not considered a danger to the public. But anyone who spots him is asked not to approach him, but instead call 911 immediately or the department at (805)654-9511.

He was assigned as a kitchen worker and was last seen on the loading dock before walking away from the grounds.

The department says a screening process assigns inmates who are in custody for non-violent crimes to work assignment areas that may offer limited security. Such inmates are asked to sign contracts that are known as escape clauses.

Alfaro is described as a Hispanic male, standing about 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing around 140 pounds. He was last seen wearing jail clothing - blue jeans and an orange T-shirt. He has short black hair and a black beard and mustache.