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Escaped California Men’s Colony inmate found in Fresno

An inmate who escaped Monday from the California Men’s Colony was found and arrested in Fresno on Thursday, prison authorities said.

Bryan Charles Sims, who escaped from his job assignment at the prison’s Waste Water Treatment Plant, was arrested Thursday in Fresno by Special Service Unit agents with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

A department special agent in the Fresno office investigated leads provided by the prison’s Investigative Services Unit and learned that escapee Sims was hiding out at a residence in northwest Fresno.

As Special Service Unit agents approached the residence, they reportedly saw Sims riding as a passenger in a vehicle that was departing the residence.

The agents stopped the vehicle and, according to authorities, Sims ran away toward a nearby residence.

The agents took Sims into custody without further incident at 12:55 p.m. Sims was 13 months into an eight-year sentence for receiving stolen property from Ventura County when he escaped.

Authorities say he could face new felony charges for the escape.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

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