PreviouslyInmate Escaped from Weott Con Camp

UPDATE 7:27 P.M.: Fortuna Police Press Release:

On February 19th, 2013 at approximately 1510 hours, officers with the Fortuna Police Department responded to the area of Main Street near Sixth Street for the report of a physical fight in progress.


Upon arrival they observed a male subject strike two other subjects in the head with his booted feet. The two subjects had been knocked to the ground and were positioned in a defensive position and yelling for help. The initial responding Officer drew his firearm and began to issue commands to the aggressor who complied. Upon the arrival of an additional officer, the subject was taken into custody without further incident.


The officers who responded were able to positively identify the suspect as James Robert Prinz who was reported as an escapee from High Rock Conservation Camp on February 18th, 2013 by the California Department of Corrections and had been the subject of a manhunt that involved several counties.


After investigation, officers learned that the victims were unknown to the suspect and the attack appeared to have been unprovoked. One of the victims received minor injuries and was treated on scene by paramedics; the other received minor injuries but refused medical treatment.


Prinz was taken into custody and was subsequently released to CDC personnel.


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From the California Department of Corrections:

Minimum security inmate James Robert Prinz, walked away from the High Rock Conservation Camp CC# 32 in Weott, California on February 18, 2013. Inmate Prinz was apprehended in Fortuna, California by Fortuna Police Department at approximately 315 p.m. on February 19, 2013, without incident.

Special agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation transported Inmate Prinz to the California Correctional Center in Susanville, California.

Inmate Prinz was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for Criminal Threat to Cause Great Bodily Injury, Resisting an Officer with Force and Violence and Battery on a Peace Officer from Placer County. He was scheduled to be paroled in April 2013. This matter will be referred to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Of all offenders who have escaped from an adult institution, camp or community-based program since 1977, 99.1 percent have been apprehended.