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Escaped inmates still at large after taking off in Hollywood Hills

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Teams of law-enforcement agents are still searching for two inmates who escaped from a work crew that was clearing brush in the Hollywood Hills on Friday.

Pablo Ladislow Ontaneda, 18, and Christopher Ochoa, 19, inmates at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility in Camarillo, ran away from the rest of their work crew Friday afternoon, taking off down a fire road near Mulholland Drive, authorities said.

Ontaneda was serving time for second-degree robbery, and Ochoa was serving time for second-degree robbery with a handgun. Ontaneda stands about six feet tall and weighs 185 pounds; Ochoa is 5-foot-4 and 125 pounds. They were last seen wearing their standard-issue inmate uniforms: dark-blue pants and white shirts.

As of Sunday, the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said it had several fugitive apprehension teams deployed in Southern California looking for the two men.

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-- Rick Rojas

Photo: Vehicles are parked at the site in the Hollywood Hills where two prisoners escaped Friday. Credit: Los Angeles Times.

 
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