IONE, Calif. - Authorities widened their search for a pair of prisoners who walked away from Mule Creek State Prison, Ione on Wednesday morning.
Patrick Raines, 21, of San Diego, was serving time for carjacking; 37-year-old Johnny Maciel, of Placer County, was serving time for burglary. The two convicts scaled a 10-foot fence behind the prison in a low security area and walked away.
Raines and Maciel are considered low level offenders. Both were nearing the end of their sentences and were to be eligible for parole in 2016.
"They are the guys that we have take care of the grounds that you see here. They are the cooks that we have at the Academy; they are the guys who work with Cal Trans cleaning up the highways," Mule Creek State Prison spokesperson Lt. James Hernandez said.
Eighty corrections and law enforcement officers continued to search the area around the prison through the day and into Wednesday night.
Ione residents, many of whom work at the prison, received automated calls Wednesday afternoon alerting them to the escape; the call urged them to stay indoors and keep a lookout for the suspects.
"I went to the store tonight and I was watching every car and every person walking on the street," Ione resident Tanya Vimini said.
Some are worried about what the pair might do if they were cornered and became desperate.
"We have a couple of schools around here and you don't know what these criminals are going to do," Ione resident Jenny Ambrose said. "You don't know if they're going to take a kid hostage. You don't know what they're going to do."
"Certainly stay indoors, and if you notice anybody that doesn't belong in your area, call the institution, call 911," Hernandez said.