A convicted drug dealer remained at large Wednesday after he escaped from Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic while performing laundry duty, sheriff’s officials said. . .
Medium-security inmate Bairon Perez, 34, had somehow removed a monitoring anklet and escaped Tuesday night wearing jail-issued clothes.
Some time before 9 p.m., Perez left his work assignment at the county jail’s laundry facility.
“At this time, we don’t know how he got out,” said Deputy Scott Gage of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department headquarters. “We don’t know where he’s at or where he’s going.”
Deputies conducting a routine head count at 8:55 p.m. raised alarm. By 9:15 p.m., guards had determined Perez, who was recently sentenced to state prison for drug charges, was missing.
“He is most likely out of the area,” said Lt. Diane Walker with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
Sheriff’s deputies brought in a bloodhound, but the dog lost Perez’s scent near the freeway, Walker said. California Highway Patrol officers in Newhall also assisted in the fruitless search for the escaped inmate.
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