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Woman sentenced in Yolo County case apprehended after walking away from facility

Viviana Mendez
Viviana Mendez

A woman serving a sentence for an assault with a deadly weapon conviction in Yolo County has been apprehended after walking away from a re-entry facility in San Diego last week.

Viviana Mendez was taken into custody without incident at a La Mesa motel shortly after midnight Saturday by agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Special Service Unit and La Mesa police. She was taken to the California Institution for Women in Corona, according to a Department or Corrections and Rehabilitation news release.

Mendez, 20, and another program participant, Tumoi King, 28, walked away from a Community Transitional Reentry Program on Jan. 4. The program allows eligible participants to serve the remainder of their sentence in a community program in lieu of confinement in state prison and provides a range of rehabilitative services.

King was apprehended about 11:50 p.m. Monday by Department of Corrections agents and Fremont police officers at a motel in Fremont. She was taken to the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla.

Mendez was received by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in October 2014 to serve a seven-year sentence for the Yolo County conviction. She was scheduled for parole in February 2017.

King entered the prison system in February 2014 to serve five years for a second-degree robbery conviction in Riverside County. She was scheduled to be paroled in October 2016.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy