Enrique Contreras Jr., 25, escaped by allegedly climbing an 8-foot high chain-link fence that outlined the perimeter of the prison at 23500 Kasson Road, according to Lt. George Paul, public information officer for DVI.
The fence has two strands of barbed wire on the top, Paul said.
“There was an area where the barbed wire was pulled down, and it is believed this is the point at which Contreras climbed over,” he said Monday, July 2.
Contreras is described as being 5-foot-4 and 135 pounds with light complexion, brown hair and hazel eyes. He has a small tear-drop tattoo under his right eye, and another tattoo of hands folded in prayer on the left side of his neck.
Paul said Contreras was assigned a bunk in the dairy facility but worked as a janitor for the minimum security section of the prison.
Corrections officers visibly counted Contreras during the midnight rounds, Paul said, but he was gone when they returned for the next night check at 2:30 a.m.
“We are actively searching for him, and we have notified law enforcement in the surrounding areas to be on the lookout,” he said.
Corrections officers checked the prison grounds but only located Contreras’ prison-issued blue pants and T-shirt.
Contreras is a San Joaquin County native serving a 32-month sentence for second-degree burglary, according to a DVI media release issued Sunday. He is scheduled for parole in April 2013.
Paul believes Contreras’ connections will keep him in San Joaquin County.
This is the second walkaway from the prison’s dairy facility in the past month.
Raul Edgardo Lopez, 25, was discovered missing from the dairy during an inmate count at 2:30 a.m. June 4. Working on a citizen’s tip, police arrested Lopez without incident 10 hours later as he sat inside a taxi at the corner of 10th Street and Central Avenue.
Paul said the more recent escapee, Contreras, is a convicted felon and is considered dangerous.
“You should not try and stop him,” Paul said.
Anyone with information about the escape of Enrique Contreras should call 911, he said. People can also call the DVI escape commander at 830-3856.