Law enforcement still looking for inmate who escaped

Sheriff deputies still looking for inmate Gilbert Acuna.

He escaped on Friday.

“He was here on drug charges.  He’d been sentenced already,” Imperial County Sheriff Lt. Robert Cortez said.


At the time the inmate was working in the laundry room at minimum security.

Acuna stands at five feet 10 inches tall.  He weighs 200 pounds and is from the city of Westmorland.

“The inmate workers they are doing their programs.  As part of a program he’s allowed to work in the laundry facility,” Cortez said.

Cortez said he escaped by just walking off the property while he was working.


“Of course we followed all protocol and did our head counts  and then we contacted our local law enforcement agencies for assistance,” Cortez said.

Cortez said if you have any information regarding this inmate or the sighting of him to contact the Sheriff’s department at (760) 339-6301 or call 911.

“He’s unknown to be dangerous.  Like I stated before he’s here on local drug charges and he has just been sentenced,” Cotez said.


About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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