Inmate at-large, walks away from Washington Ridge camp |

Inmate at-large, walks away from Washington Ridge camp

Staff report

Local authorities are searching for a minimum-security inmate who walked away from the Washington Ridge Conservation Camp early Tuesday morning.

Justin Jay Tyquiengco, 22, was discovered missing at approximately 5:30 a.m. when staff at the fire camp, which is run by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, was conducting count. He was last seen at the 3:30 a.m. count, according to a release.

Tyquiengco was serving a six-year sentence for second-degree robbery with the use of a firearm, with a one-year consecutive sentence in Alameda County. He would have been eligible for parole next August.

In March 2015, Tyquiengco was arrested with another man and a juvenile in connection with an early morning armed robbery that culminated in a police chase.

The three suspects approached the male victim with a sawed-off shotgun in Richmond at about 1:45 a.m., then took cash and other personal items from the man, according to news reports at the time of the incident.

The victim was able to give officers a general description of the suspects and suspect vehicle, and they were subsequently spotted by an El Cerrito police officer on Interstate 80. A pursuit ensued, ending in San Francisco.

Officers recovered a short-barreled bolt action rifle used in the robbery in the suspects’ vehicle, along with all of the victim’s belongings.

Tyquiengco is described as approximately 5-foot-10, weighing 174 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. Anyone who sees him should call 911 or law enforcement authorities immediately. Anyone having information about or knowledge of his location can contact the camp watch commander at 257-2181, ext. 4173.

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at

Original Story

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials are searching for a minimum-security inmate who walked away from the California Correctional Center on Washington Ridge in Nevada County today, according to a press release.

Justin Tyquiengco was discovered missing during an inmate count around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday; he was last seen at 3:30 a.m.

Correctional, Cal Fire and California Highway Patrol units have been informed and are currently searching for the inmate.

He is 5’10” tall, 174 pounds and has brown eyes and black hair. Tyquiengco was convicted on a robbery and firearms charge in Contra Costa County, the press release states.

Anyone with information on the search should call 911 or the correctional watch commander at 530-257-2181 ext. 4173.

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