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Offender who walked away from Upland residential program recaptured

By in Press Enterprise on December 22, 2017

By Gail Wesson

A man who tampered with an electronic monitoring device and walked away from a residential program for offenders in Upland was apprehended Thursday afternoon, Dec. 21, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news release.

David Martel, 41, was captured at around 3:30 p.m. at a business complex by state agents in cooperation with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department without incident. He was transported to the California Institution for Men in Chino.

The arrest location wasn’t clear, but appeared to be in the Upland/Rancho Cucamonga area.

Officials learned Monday night, Dec. 18, about the tampering and the device was found at Jesus Alive Ministries on 9th Street where Martel had been in an alternative custody program since November.

The alternative custody program allows eligible offenders to serve up to the last 12 months of their sentence in a community program in lieu of prison confinement.

He was committed to state prison in August 2015 to serve a five-year sentence for possession of a controlled substance for sale and possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm.

He had been due for release in May 2018, but his case will be forwarded to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of escape charges, according to the news release.

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