Two inmates escape Salinas Valley state prison

Two state prison inmates escaped the Salinas Valley state prison, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed Sunday.

Two state prison inmates escaped the Salinas Valley state prison, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed Sunday.

Richard P. Almanza, 23, and Jonathan J. Damiano, 35, were reported missing around 8:55 a.m. from the minimum-support facility after they were seen running through a nearby vineyard. The Salinas Valley state prison officials confirmed the two escaped after conducting an emergency count. KCRA3 reported.

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Almanza is 5’8” tall and weighs 134 pounds with brown eyes and black hair, officials said.

Damiano is 5’11” tall and weighs 225 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.



CDCR said Almanza came from Santa Barbara in August 2016 on a four-year, eight-month sentence for first-degree burglary and manufacturing and possession of blackjack as a second striker. Damiano is serving a three-year sentence for second-degree burglary.

Lt. Eduardo Mazariegos said both inmates were projected to be released sometime next year.

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“It’s a minimum facility. It’s for people getting ready to be released. They’re in an area a lot more privileged — they have a lot more leeway — why throw all that away?” Mazariegos said.

Anyone with information leading to the location of the inmates is encouraged to call law enforcement or 911.