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ICE searching for detainee who escaped from Mesa Verde facility in Bakersfield

Posted at 2:02 PM, Dec 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-17 17:02:49-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are looking for a detainee who escaped from the Mesa Verde Detention Facility in Bakersfield on Friday.

Emrah Gocekli, 27, is a national of Turkey and is known to have ties to Irvine, according to a news release from ICE.

Gocekli has a criminal history including battery and burglary, authorities said. He initially entered the United State in 2011 on a student visa.

He is described as standing 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Gocekli may have sustained injuries as he scaled two fences with razor wire on top, the statement read.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact ICE’s tip line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or 1-866-347-2423.