Active Search Ends; Escaped Inmates on Lam

By Olsen Ebright
|  Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012  |  Updated 8:31 PM PDT
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Police gather at Fryman Canyon Park as part of a manhunt for two escaped inmates.

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The active search for two inmates who escaped from a work detail in the Hollywood Hills has been called off without any arrests.

The active search ended at 4:20 p.m. Friday, according to the LAPD.

The Ventura County prisoners were part of a supervised work release program run by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The Department of Forestry was conducting the search. LAPD's North Hollywood division was assisting.

Police plan to keep an active presence in the area.

The inmates were last seen at 1:45 p.m. near Mulholland Drive and Fryman Canyon Park.

Police issued a warning to residents to be on alert for the escaped inmates.

"Our advice to the public is stay in your homes," said LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman. "If you see something that's unusual, if you see someone walking through your neighborhood, stay indoors."

The prisoners' criminal records were not immediately available.

"These are prisoners," Neiman said. "If someone approaches your car or your home that you don't know, call 911."

Work release is a privilege given to inmates who have earned officials' trust, said Neiman.

One of the prisoners was described as a 19-year-old Hispanic man, 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 126 pounds. He has long, black curly hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a khaki long-sleeved shirt, a green short-sleeve T-shirt, jeans and an orange helmet.

The other prisoner was described as a Hispanic man, 6 feet tall, weighing 187 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes, and was wearing a dark green shirt and blue jeans.

Fire roads are used by firefighters to access remote areas of the canyon.

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