by Photo courtesy of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation search for a young woman who escaped custody Wednesday night from a community reentry program in San Diego. 

Heather Gutierrez left the Community Transitional Reentry Program (CCTRP) in San Diego without authorization Wednesday night around 7:20 p.m., according to state corrections authorities. 

The young woman, whose age was not released, was admitted from San Bernardino County in September 2021 and sentenced to two years for second-degree robbery. Gutierrez was allowed to stay at the CCTRP since February 2022, and was scheduled to be released in July.

Corrections authorities describe Gutierrez as a white female, 5 feet, 2 inches, and 149 pounds. She has brown hair and eyes. She was last seen wearing black leggings, an animal print sweater, black shoes, and had her hair in a bun.

This is the second instance this month of an inmate walking away from a community reentry program without authorization. State corrections authorities reported 28-year-old Kajuan Walker missing on April 14 from the Male Community Reentry Program facility in Barrio Logan. Walker was apprehended without incident days later. 

Last year, two men walked away from the mMaleale Community Reentry Program in October and December, but both were apprehended in a few days. Officials noted that 99 percent of inmates to leave adult institutions, camps or community programs since 1977 have been apprehended.

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