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Escaped Redwood City Sex Offender In Custody

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Derrick Sanders (San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office)

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REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) — The “wanted alert” for Derrick Sanders, the escaped high risk offender from the Cordilleras Mental Health Facility in Redwood City has been lifted.

Sanders, 34, was found Saturday morning and is in custody in San Francisco, San Mateo County emergency officials said.

Around 9 a.m. Saturday morning someone in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf noticed a man panhandling near Beach and Powell streets who looked like the escaped parolee who had been in the news, according to the sheriff’s office.

San Francisco police responded to the area and found Sanders and took him into custody. He was booked at the San Francisco County Jail where was awaiting transport to the San Mateo County Jail, sheriff’s officials said.

Sanders was discovered missing by staff at the Cordilleras Mental Health Facility in Redwood City during rounds early Friday, according to the sheriff’s office.

He is believed to have made his escape through an elevator shaft.

Sanders, a transient who frequents both San Mateo and Alameda counties, has a history of violence, weapons and sex offenses and currently faces a misdemeanor charge for an alleged sex offense against a minor in San Mateo County, as well as a parole violation.

Authorities said Sanders is considered a “high risk” offender with mental health issues.

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