California Men’s Colony inmate escaped Monday

Bryan Sims
Bryan Sims

A California Men’s Colony inmate escaped Monday and is still missing, according to prison officials.

Inmate Bryan Sims, 34, was last seen around 9:40 p.m. while working at his assigned job at the prison's Waste Water Treatment Plant. He was discovered missing at 10:20 p.m. He is considered a “walk-away.”

He was last seen wearing a lime green prison jumpsuit, a state issued blue denim jacket, and brown work boots, but officials caution that he may have discarded them.

Sims is serving an eight year sentence for receiving stolen property. He was committed to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Oct. 22, 2008 from Ventura County. Officials say that a review of his records reveals a non-violent history. He was housed at CMC’s Minimum Support Facility and was scheduled for release in August 2014.

Sims is described as Caucasian, 6-feet tall, 276 pounds, hazel eyes, with a shaved head and goatee. He has the following tattoos: the name Shannon on his chest; the words ‘Shannon’s Play Ground’ on his stomach; a tribal symbol on his upper back; a tribal band on his upper right arm; and a tribal symbol on his upper right leg. Anyone who has information about Sim's location is asked to call the police immediately.

Nearby Cuesta College has increased its presence on campus and campus safety officials are cautioning students to be aware. “We are trying to be out there and be as visible as we can,” said Ron Schram, acting police chief. “The college is fully operational with classes in session.”

--AnnMarie Cornejo