High-risk sex offender escapes from San Mateo County facility 

click to enlarge Derrick Sanders, a high-risk sex offender, escaped from a mental health facility in San Mateo County on Friday. - DERRICK SANDERS
  • Derrick Sanders
  • Derrick Sanders, a high-risk sex offender, escaped from a mental health facility in San Mateo County on Friday.

A parolee with a history of violence and sex offenses escaped early Friday morning from a mental health facility in unincorporated Redwood City, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Derrick Sanders, 34, was found missing from the Cordilleras Mental Health Facility at 200 Edmonds Road around 4 a.m. today, said Lt. Larry Schumaker.

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, Schumaker said.

He is believed to have escaped through an elevator shaft and is considered a "high risk" offender with mental health issues.

He is described as a black male adult, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 165 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red polo shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on Sanders' current location is urged to avoid contact with him and call 911 immediately. Non-emergency calls can be made to San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Detective Marcus Gathright at (650) 363-7823 or to the anonymous tip line at (800) 547-2700.

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