ID theft inmate flees jail
Man in bogus credit card ring remains at large
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As of Wednesday afternoon, an inmate at the Sonoma County Jail escaped from a minimum security work crew Monday morning and is still at large, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.

While working outside North County Detention Facility on an agricultural program at around 8:30 p.m., Zephyr Malik Carter ran away from the facility. Carter was in the process of serving a 2-year, 8-month sentence for his role in an elaborate identity theft scheme that victimized the Graton Resort and Casino right outside Rohnert Park as well as a number of other local businesses. Part of that scheme included making fraudulent credit cards in a Rohnert Park hotel room and then using the cards at the casino and other businesses. 

The 41-year-old Hayward man was arrested on April 5 along with Jhona Mathews, 33, from Walnut Creek; Michael Anger, 32, from San Francisco; Robert Serrato, 37, from San Francisco; and Nicole Dunlap, 30, from San Francisco.

When he fled, Carter was wearing denim pants and jacket with MADF emblazoned on the back. He stands 5-feet-10 and weighs 200 pounds. He also has brown eyes and hair, a dragon tattoo on his right bicep and angel wings on his left forearm, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

His last known residence was at 24682 Lyell Way in Hayward, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Carter uses a number of aliases, including Cristian Carter, Freddie Zephyr Smith, Marcus Smith and the nickname Malik.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office’s 24-hour tip line at (707) 565-2185. 

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