By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Authorities are asking for the public’s help to find an inmate who walked away from a reentry program facility in Los Angeles last month.

(credit: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

Richard Ledesma, 36, left the Male Community Reentry Program in Los Angeles at about 9:15 p.m. on Feb. 12 without authorization, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. An emergency search was launched within minutes, the agency said.

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Ledesma had been sentenced to two years and eight months in Los Angeles County jail for grand theft, a second strike, prison officials said. He arrived at the reentry program – which gives offenders with just a year left to serve a chance to transition from jail to returning to the community — in November, and was scheduled to be released in November 2021.

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Ledesma is described a male Hispanic, 5-foot-7 and 175 pounds. A booking image shows he has several facial tattoos, including a word over his left eyebrow, a vulgar phrase on both his eyelids, tattoos on both cheeks, and all over his neck.

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Anyone with information about Ledesma or sees him should call 911.