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July 8, 2020

Police locate inmate who walked away from Salinas Valley prison 


SOLEDAD — A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation inmate who walked away from the minimum-support facility at Salinas Valley State Prison on Aug. 2 was apprehended Saturday morning in Linda, in Yuba County.

At about 9:20 a.m. on Aug. 5, officers from the Yuba City Police Department spotted Donald Likens as he was riding a bicycle, recognizing him from a flyer that was distributed by agents from the department’s Special Service Unit. Likens was quickly taken into custody without incident and will be returned to the prison in Soledad.


Likens, 28, was reported missing at about 7:10 p.m. last Wednesday. Notification was immediately made to local law enforcement agencies to assist in the search.

Likens was received by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in November 2016 from Yuba County to serve a four-year, eight-month sentence for first-degree burglary, evading a peace officer while driving recklessly and vehicle theft. Likens will now face escape charges, and will not be eligible to be housed in a minimum-support facility again.