GOLDEN, Colo. — A prisoner and a vehicle are missing from a prison in Golden, officials said Wednesday.
Offender Kenneth Gomez, 30, went missing after a 10:15 a.m. check-in at the Colorado Correctional Center, prison officials said.
The prison is a minimum security facility.
Gomez was working as a mechanic in the Colorado State Patrol garage, said Sgt. Mike Baker. Many of the offenders at the prison have work assignments off-grounds and with state agencies including the Patrol to help them acquire skills for when they leave prison.
Baker said Gomez was working in the garage and surveillance video showed him take the keys to a CSP vehicle.
Authorities said a red GMC Senoia with an extended cab and tinted windows belonging to the CSP is also missing. The Senoia does not have any weapons, Baker said.
Baker added that Gomez has been in the mechanics rehabilitation program since January with no reported issues.
Inmates are supposed to be checked on every 15 minutes. Gomez left soon after the 10:15 check-in, Baker said.
Gomez is Hispanic between 5 feet and 4 inches tall. He is 150 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He has several tattoos including a Jester on the right of his neck and a Josiah on the left side.
In 2011, Gomez was convicted on charges of burglary and disturbing the peace in Jefferson County. He was serving a five-year sentence.