After an intense search by officers from the Folsom Police Department, the California Department of Corrections (CDCR) and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, an inmate who walked away from Folsom State Prison has been located and taken into custody. Folsom Police reported the suspected was apprehended at 9:45 a.m. in the Briggs Ranch area of Folsom.


Early in the morning, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) reported shortly after 6:00 a.m. that Zionarrow A. Taylor, 22 had walked away from the minimum-security facility at Folsom State Prison early Friday morning, according to the CDCR and Folsom Police.

According to their report, Taylor, was reported missing after a routine count at 2:30 a.m. Staff immediately launched a search. CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety and local law enforcement agencies were notified and assisted in the search on land and foot throughout the city of Folsom.


At 9:45 am. Folsom Police reported that a citizen reported seeing Taylor. Officers from both agencies responded to the report and located him near Randall Drive in the Briggs Ranch area. Taylor is being turned over to the CDCR, the lead agency in the case. According to the CDCR, he will be rehoused in a higher security area at Folsom State Prison and his case will be referred to the Sacramento County District Attorney for consideration of escape charges.

Earlier in the morning, many residents in Folsom received a “Shelter in Place” phone message shortly after 6 a.m. Friday morning advising them of the escaped inmate that could be in the area.  Later in the morning, Folsom Police issued a notice on social media for residents to disregard the direction to shelter in place.


“We know some individuals received a “Shelter in Place” message this morning, but there is no need to shelter in place. Just please call 9-1-1 should you see this individual,” State Folsom Police. “We are sorry for the inconvenience of the “Shelter in Place” message and appreciate your assistance.”

During the search, some communication confusion contined when parents of students at Folsom Middle School Folsom Hills School received alerts advising they “may keep their students home,” due to the heavy police activity in the area and if they chose to take them to school that they would be operating under a “Shelter in Place.”

Folsom Times confirmed that those schools did remain open with Angela Griffen, Chief Communications & Community Engagement Officer for the Folsom Cordova Unified School District. Griffen said that parents were being notified with an update that school would be in session.


“FCUSD is aware of police activity in the community and is working collaboratively with the Folsom Police Department. They are encouraging families to send their children to school, “Griffen said in a statement to parents. “Students and staff are encouraged to go to school. Should there be a need for a school to go into a lockdown or shelter in place, your principal will notify you.”

Update 9:45 am: Suspect was spotted by an alert citizen and reported, Folsom Police have taken him into custody and turned him over to CDCR.

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