An inmate who sneaked off from the Barrio Logan halfway house where he was completing a criminal sentence was captured Thursday morning, about 12 hours after going on the lam, authorities reported.

Agents with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation took Larry Johnson, 51, into custody without incident at a hotel in Carlsbad about 10:30 a.m., according to CDCR public affairs. He will be admitted into Richard J Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, the state agency reported.

About 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, staff at a Male Community Re-entry Program facility on Boston Avenue in San Diego were notified that Johnson’s GPS tracking device had been disabled. He had left the halfway house that afternoon on an approved work-related pass.

Johnson had been transferred to the MCRP facility in July to serve out the remainder of a four-year sentence he received in April 2019 for identity theft. He had been scheduled to be released to probation next spring.

The re-entry program allows eligible offenders committed to state prison to serve the end of their sentences in a community-based center and provides them with services to help them transition out of prison. It is a voluntary program for male offenders who are deemed low-risk and have roughly a year left to serve in their penitentiary terms.

Updated at 3:55 p.m. Oct. 15, 2020

— City News Service

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