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Police looking for help in locating prison escapee

Tribune staff report

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department hopes to enlist the assistance of the community in looking for a Folsom State Prison escapee.

California Department of Correction investigators believe Jaruwat Cokley, 33, may return to Lake Tahoe where he was arrested.

Anyone who sees or has information about him is asked to contact local law enforcement authorities.

Cokley was convicted on a charge of forgery committed in South Lake Tahoe in 1993. He was serving a four-year prison term, but he escaped July 22 during a work detail near Nimbus Dam in Folsom, Calif.

He disappeared from the work detail and escaped on foot.

Investigators believe he may return to Lake Tahoe because he is an avid gambler and is well acquainted with the area. As of Sunday, police had not apprehended Cokley.

Cokley is described as an Asian male adult, with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 135 pounds. He has a medium complexion and a small build.

The number for SLTPD is 542-6100.

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