California Inmate With Skull Face Tattoo Escapes Prison Work Crew

November 28, 2017 Updated: November 28, 2017

On Monday, Nov. 27, an inmate in California with a distinctive face tattoo that resembles a skull, vanished from a prison work crew and is still at large.

The crew driver noticed at approximately 1:30 p.m that 27-year-old Corey Hughes was missing and notified dispatch, according to a Facebook post from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s office.

Hughes was last seen near Interstate 5 and Country Club Boulevard in Stockton, California, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Police said Hughes was in on a weapons charge, and his release date was just months away on Feb. 6, 2018.

Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Dave Konecny told CBS SF that inmate escape attempts close to their release were not uncommon.

“It’s surprising how many inmates over the years have walked away from a detail with only a few months left on their sentence,” Konecny told the network.

San Joaquin County Jail near where the Honor Farm is located. (Screenshot via Google Maps)

Hughes will likely have his sentence increased once he is caught.

Hughes was placed in a building called Honor Farm in San Joaquin County, which, houses pretrial and also sentenced male and female inmates, Konecny told CBS SF. The inmates in this building are classified as usually low risk and nonviolent. Honor Farm is located in French Camp, just south of Stockton.

The mugshot of the inmate, posted to the official Facebook page of the Sheriff’s Office, has garnered over 4,000 shares in just one day.

One person commented on the post that authorities should be searching stores that sell makeup, referring to Hughes’s distinctive face tattoo.

“Check the stores in make up department. He’s probably trying to find a good concealer right about now,” the commenter said.

Anyone who sees Hughes is urged to contact the San Joaquin Sheriff’s Office dispatch at 209-468-4400.


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