OC Deputies Hunt Career Criminal Who Escaped From Irvine Jail

WANTED: Fernandez
WANTED: Fernandez

[Update at end of post] Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) deputies this morning are hunting a career criminal who escaped Friday from the James A. Musick Jail in Irvine, according to an OCSD special bulletin by Lieutenant Jeff Hallock.

Officials discovered Max Edward Fernandez missing during a 4 p.m. security check at the facility and are asking citizens to report any related information, especially the inmate's whereabouts, by calling OCSD Investigator D. McKenzie at 714-647-7000 or calling anonymously to OC Crime Stoppers at 885-847-6227.

The 5-foot-8 and 170-pound Fernandez has brown hair, brown eyes and several tattoos, including a tribal band on his upper right arm, skull on his upper right back and USMC with a hammer shark head on his left tricep.

Hallock reports the criminal was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt and red shorts under gray sweat pants.

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Officials also believe the inmate may have injured himself during the escape.

Fernandez was in custody for possession of stolen property and a narcotics violations.

He'd previously compiled a rap sheet that includes thefts, burglaries, narcotics violations, auto theft and resisting arrest, according to Hallock's press statement.

UPDATE, 3:30 p.m., Sept. 21: Authorities found an unarmed Fernandez hiding in an Oceanside Wendy's restaurant; the inmate is now being housed inside the main Orange County Jail in Santa Ana.

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