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Folsom Prison inmate was on the loose for five days – until someone recognized him

Todd Willis
Todd Willis California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

An inmate who walked away from a minimum-security housing facility last week at Folsom State Prison was captured Tuesday in Rancho Cordova after a violent struggle.

A resident’s tip led authorities to Todd Willis, 52, who was reported walking near Coloma Road and Rossmoor Drive, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. About 9:15 a.m., the resident called the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department with the tip.

Sheriff’s deputies and Rancho Cordova Police Department officers responded and made contact with Willis, who attempted to flee. A violent struggle ensued as the officer attempted to detain Willis, who had been discovered missing during an inmate count at 11 a.m. on Oct. 26, CDCR said.

Willis was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries he suffered during the altercation. He was then medically cleared and returned to CDCR custody. No officers were injured, the Sheriff’s Department reported.

Willis entered the state prison system from Sacramento County in January 2016, according to the CDCR. He has been serving a four-year sentence for assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury by a individual with a second strike under California’s “three strikes” law. He was scheduled to be released in July 2018.

Anthony Sorci: 916-321-1051.