Inmate escapee caught at Cuesta College

August 30, 2016

Jose A. ParedesAn inmate who escaped Camp San Luis Obispo early Monday morning was located and arrested hours later on the Cuesta College Campus. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has identified the escapee as Jose A. Paredes, 25.

Paredes, a minimum-security inmate, was assigned to fighting the Chimney Fire. He was last seen at the Chimney Fire base camp area during a routine security check around 3:40 a.m.

Around 5 a.m., base camp staff discovered Paredes was missing. The camp staff searched the inmate tent location, as well as the area surrounding the camp perimeter, but they failed to locate Paredes.

A search involving local law enforcement agencies began, and Cuesta College police issued an emergency alert to students.

At 10:09 a.m., Cuesta College officers arrested Paredes after finding him near the campus soccer field. Cuesta College officers then returned Paredes to CDCR custody.

Paredes was serving a two-year sentence for a first-degree burglary conviction in Los Angeles County. He was due to be released to parole supervision in May 2017.



  1. AmericaBeautiful says:

    Found in the most fitting hiding place, the criminal coward: an Outhouse!
    Good work, Law Enforcement staff.

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  2. The Watcher says:

    Hey Pelican 1.
    That’s a good one.

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  3. SLO_Johnny says:

    I bet that someone was supposed to meet him and that guy never showed up. He will likely have to serve the rest of his sentence in medium security and do an additional 18 mo to 2 years for escaping. The guy isn’t the sharpest tack in the box.

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    He wiped out his chances of early release.

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  5. Pelican1 says:

    He was trying to enroll in fall classes.

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