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Walkaway inmate arrested in Fortuna

FORTUNA - An escaped inmate who walked away from a work crew last Tuesday afternoon in Fortuna has been arrested.

Derek Ray Johnson was taken into custody Saturday night just after 11 pm. Police received a tip from a concerned citizen that Johnson was hiding in a trailer near the 300 block of North Fortuna Boulevard. He was arrested without incident.

The inmate had been serving a sentence for petty theft and being drunk in public. Johnson was set to be released in just three weeks. By walking away, he’ll have a new set of charges that will be handled by the DA’S office and never be allowed on a work crew again.

Law enforcement thanks the concerned citizen who reported the fugitive’s whereabouts.