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Inmate Escapes Musick Jail

Authorities are asking for help finding a convicted thief and drug abuser who escaped from the county jail in Irvine.

Orange County authorities were on the lookout today for an escapee from a county jail in Irvine.

Staff members at the medium-security James A. Musick Jail determined during a routine body count Thursday night that inmate Marvin Manzo was missing, according to Orange County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Gail Krause.

An extensive search of the facility yielded no trace of him, Krause said.

Sheriff's officials said the 35-year-old inmate is a 5-foot-3, 135-pounds with black hair and brown eyes and a history of narcotics and theft arrests. They said he has a nonviolent criminal history and is not considered a threat to the public.

Anyone with information on Manzo's whereabouts was urged to call (714) 288-6742 or (714) 628-7170.

- City News Service

Jim Gardner December 22, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Now imagine it's 3 years from now and Musick has maximum security felons convicted of murder, or a "beds for feds" felon wanted for murder in his home country is the person escaping, instead of the current inmate who merely has a record of grand theft, theft, narcotics, and resisting arrest. The Sheriff says the current escapee "has a nonviolent criminal history and is not considered a threat to the public." Hmmm. His criminal history consists of theft, grand theft, narcotics, and resisting arrest. Maybe we should invite him home for dinner? Sounds like the type of person we want wandering around our City.
JustUs December 22, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Boy, we're lucky this inmate didn't break into a neighbor's home, injure or kill the occupants, steal money and a vehicle to flee in. This time we were lucky. What about next time? What about when they quaduple the inmate population and add some really heinous violent criminals. How do all of you think that will work out? These leaders of our who have paved the way for a BIG expansion of Musick must have rocks in their heads. What an irresponsible act that will certainly endanger the safety of innocent Lake Forest citizens. This escape proved it. Oh, and it wasn;t the first escape from Musick either. There was another one a couple years ago. And NO, they didn't learn from their mistakes. Very pathetic and discouraging.
JustUs December 22, 2012 at 02:20 AM
I noticed that a man with his apparent name at about the same age was arrested in Las Vegas in March of this year for methamphetamine possession and soliciting or engaging in prostitution. Methamphetamine is an extremely dangerous drug and users are often unpredictable and violent. The drug causes extreme paranoia in moderate to large quantities. A poor man's cocaine - but many believe it's much more dangerous psysiologically since the labs that produce it obviously have no standards when it comes to it's production. Many cookers are addicts themselves. I am simply disgusted with the ease at which this facility was approved for expansion. Was there ever a survey taken from the citizens of Lake Forest? If not, why not? I believe they took a survey of some sort for the horse racing betting establishment, did they not? And not for a jail in which they will expand by 4x's or more and house some of the most heinous criminals in the Orange County system? Deplorable.
JustUs December 22, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Oh, the link for the Las Vegas arrest. Again, not sure if it's the same man - but it's the same apparent name and approximately the same age (34 in March 2012). "Marvin Manzo was last arrested in Las Vegas, NV on March 19, 2012." http://www.whosarrested.com/nevada/clark-county/las-vegas/ccdc/1263026-marvin-c-manzo
Jim Richert December 22, 2012 at 09:57 PM
At the County Supervisors meeting, our mayor was quoted as saying the "not one person from the public" showed up to the City Council meeting to oppose the City's agreement with the County on the expansion. She must have concluded therefore than nobody opposed the expansion, rather than the public did not know about the agenda item enough in advance or did not think it would do any good to oppose something they had already decided. A jail only 1000 feet away from residential areas makes no sense at all, and Lake Forest residents have spoke loudly and clearly about their opposition to this for more than 16 years. I think our Mayor McCoullough may have forget this. But at least the City of Irvine stuck to their opposition.
Gary DiSarcina December 23, 2012 at 04:45 AM
How about a mug shot?
JustUs December 23, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Jim, I think the citizens did themselves a great disservice by displaying an outward apathetic response by failing to protest at the meeting where the vote was taken. One could argue that it would not have made any difference. That may be true. However, the Council can justify their actions (as McCullough did) by claiming there was no public outcry. When the opposing team is driving on you and reaches your 10 yard line you don't give up. That is when you must fight back the hardest. By walking off the field and allowing the opposing team to score was a pathetic showing by the citizens for which there is no excuse. Let's hope the City of Irvine can argue "illegal procedure" to negate the touchdown and put the ball back on the 15 yard line giving our side a fighting chance to throw the game into overtime.
Jim Gardner December 23, 2012 at 07:31 PM
The City and the County lied about the Musick expansion, claiming that no MAXIMUM security inmates would be housed there, while specifically making provisions for them and actually proposing to build 32 cells designed for them in the 512 bed expansion, and who knows how many more when the number of inmates reaches 3000+. Had people been told the truth about the MAXIMUM security inmates, perhaps the opposition would have been significant. McCullough and Herzog should be ashamed of themselves for (a) lying in the first place and (2) then showing up at the Board of Supervisors and praising the expansion. Both are up for re-election in 2014. We can only hope they have the sense to retire, especially Herzog with his recent DUI and the revelation that he has multiple arrests for various offenses in the past few years. If they don't step down, I hope people remember this when they vote in 2014.
JustUs December 23, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Jim, even the most trusting amongst us know that politicians routinely lie. So IMO willful apathy is no excuse. There should have been a group of citizens (especially residents who live near that area) who should have followed this matter closer than even you did. They should have read and interpreted the MOU prior to the Council Meeting and appeared in force to protest the expansion. They did not. And for that they must take personal responsibility. But I am not even convinced that they care. I am quite confused by their lack of concern. I think Herzog is toast politically in 2014. My opinion. I respected McCullough's stance in the park ban, but I wonder who got to her on the Musick expansion. No doubt there are some very close friendships between the Council and OC Sheriff's Office. Let's not kid ourselves here. Close bonds have been formed. My theory is that those bonds do not exist with the City of Irvine since they have their own PD. And hence, Irvine is putting up the biggest fight by far. To me it makes perfect sense. I think at time politicians lie to themselves by believing they must fool and hoodwink the people to serve the best interests of the public. Naturally, that is deceitful and reminiscent of fascist governments throughout human history. And sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same.
JustUs December 27, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Good that the Irvine Council has decided to continue the legal battle against the Musick expansion. That is great news. I suspected from Beth Krom's comments before the Supervisors that this wasn't over. It is discouraging that the Lake Forest Council does nothing to protect their citizens despite the fact that they have the most to risk from the expansion. I believe it's because Irvine does not contract with the Sheriff's office and therefore the ties that bind are weak. Let's face it. The Lake Forest Council is in bed with OCSD and would probably give them whatever they wanted and deliver it on a gold platter. This should certainly slow down the time line on the plans to expand.

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