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Police arrest escaped prison inmate in Folsom

FOLSOM, CA - Police arrested a man, who escaped from the California State Prison in Folsom Sunday, in Folsom Monday evening.

Marco A. Cabrera was arrested near Green Valley Road and Shadowfax Lane around 6:30 p.m. by Folsom police.

According to Jason Browning of the Folsom Police Dept., Cabrera managed to escape prison confines on Sunday. Later that day, area residents thwarted an attempted car theft on the 100 block of Esplinade Circle by an individual matching Cabrera's description.

"I blocked him in there and he came over to me with the keys," said area resident Grace Mclaughlin after she says she drove behind Cabrera and forced him off the road.

"He got out and walked up to me and was like, oh, I just wanted to get to Sacramento.  He gave me the keys to the car and I was like, are you serious?"  Mclaughlin said Cabrera then grabbed her phone off her lap and ran.

Cabrera was able to evade capture and fled into the surrounding area.

El Dorado Savings Bank in Folsom robbed on Friday

FOLSOM, CA - Folsom police are searching for a man suspected of robbing the El Dorado Savings Bank at 300 E. Bidwell St. in Folsom on Friday.

Sgt. Jason Browning of the Folsom Police Dept. said the man entered the bank around noon, handed the teller a note indicating he had a gun, collected an undisclosed amount of money and fled the bank on Coloma St. towards the rear of he building.

The suspected robber was described as a white man in his late 30s to early 40s, 5'6" tall, 140 pounds, with short brown hair, a black mustache and goatee. He was last seen wearing a black beanie, black sunglasses, a black or dark gray long sleeve shirt with a beige logo on the front and a shoulder-to-shoulder graphic across the back, dark gray cargo shorts, white and black shoes, and white socks. He was also carrying a small black bag at the time of the robbery.

UPDATE: Orangevale shooting suspect identified

ORANGEVALE, CA - A man suspected of shooting at Sacramento County sheriff's deputies was found dead inside an Orangevale home.

According to deputy Jason Ramos, 33-year-old Dennis Dean of Orangevale barricaded himself inside a home on the 9100 block of Kendrick Way after exchanging gunfire with deputies Thursday evening.

Deputies were serving a narcotics warrant at Dean's home around 4:30 p.m. Dean ran from the scene and deputies chased him and brought him back to the home, Ramos said.

At that time, deputies removed a woman from the home.

Around 5:35 p.m., with five deputies inside the home, Dean got  hold of a gun, which did not belong to a deputy, said Ramos.

Ramos said Dean then fired several shots, one of which grazed a deputy's hand. Deputies returned fire, hitting Dean as they retreated from the home.

Around 7:30 p.m., a robot was sent inside of the home through an open door, where they found Dean unresponsive.

Folsom prison inmate stabbed

FOLSOM, CA - An inmate serving time for murder was found stabbed in his cell Wednesday afternoon.

California State Prison-Sacramento spokesman Tony Quinn said 30-year-old Melvin Kibbee was discovered unconscious on his cell floor with three puncture wounds to his chest just before 2 p.m.

Kibbee was transported to an area hospital. His condition was not immediately clear.

Kibbee was discovered just minutes after prisoners had come in from yard time, Quinn said.

An investigation is underway. Quinn said there were no suspects at this time.

Kibbee is serving 15 years for a second-degree murder conviction in Contra Costa County. He was sent to the Folsom facility in 2004. 

Folsom guard who brought cellphones to inmates gets jail

SACRAMENTO, CA - A prison guard who pled no contest to sneaking in cellphones to inmates in return for money was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years of probation.

Robert Chaiyarat said he needed the money, $8,641, after a costly divorce.

When caught with eight cellphones and chargers under his duty vest as he went to work at California State Prison Sacramento (Folsom), Chaiyarat confessed, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office. He resigned from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Beale Air Force Base in Marysville where he also worked and had a top secret security clearance.

In addition to the jail time and probation, Chaiyarat was ordered to pay restitution to CDRC of $8,641.

UPDATE: Folsom wrong way DUI driver injuries family

FOLSOM, CA - According to Folsom police, a car collision Friday night that sent four people to the hospital was caused by a drunk driver traveling in the wrong direction.

The incident occurred at the intersection of Iron Point Rd and Black Diamond Dr. when a Nissan Sentra and a Toyota Camry collided head-on.

The driver of the Sentra was traveling eastbound in the westbound lane of Iron Point Rd., causing the accident.

El Dorado Hills resident Karen Ann Benedict, 32, was arrested for driving under the influence resulting in serious injuries.She was later released, so she could manage her injuries caused in the collision.

The three family members traveling in the Camry were treated at local hospitals for serious injuries. At the time of this post, their identities were being held.

The investigation results will be forwarded to the DA's office with criminal charge recommendations.

Man detained after taking son on police chase

FOLSOM, CA - A man was detained after leading police on a destructive car chase while his 7-year-old son was in the front seat the whole time Friday night.

Folsom police Sgt. Jason Browning said medical reasons lead to the incident, but did not release any more details.

Witnesses called Folsom police to report a drunk driver in a Ford Expedition just after 9 p.m., but when police tried pull the man over at Folsom-Auburn and Greenback, he keep going, Browning said.

The driver led police into a Safeway parking lot on Hazel and Madison, where he side swiped a police car and hit another head-on. Browning said those officers suffered minor injuries.

The driver then drove to Britland Way, where he crashed into a power pole and keep driving until he drove into the side of a home at the end of the 8800 block.

Browning said the man was questioned by police and no charges have been filed as of Friday night.