News Story


Ventura - Inmate Escapes From Hospital, Quickly Recaptured
12/30/2017 12:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Inmate Walk-Away from Hospital

Report Number:



Ventura County Medical Center

Date & Time:

12/30/2017 @10:45 AM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Detention Services-Todd Road Jail

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age

(S) Murphy McComack, Sarah Beth Ventura 34


On 12-30-2017, at approximately 9:30 AM, Inmate Sarah Murphy McComack displayed symtoms

of a medical emergency while incarcerated at the Sheriff's Todd Road jail facility. Jail medical

personnel were immediately on scene and administered medical aid. Personnel from Ventura

County Fire and AMR Ambulance responded to the jail and Murphy McComack was transported

to the Ventura County Medical Center for additional medical treatment. A uniformed Sheriff's

Deputy was sent to the hospital to provide security while Murphy McComack was there for


At approximately 10:45 AM, The Sheriff's Deputy arrived at the hospital and discovered that

Murphy McComack had asked to use the restroom and had then walked away from the

emergency room area of the hospital and was missing. Ventura Police were immediately notified

and assisted with the search for Murphy McComack. At about 11:07 AM, Ventura police officers

located Murphy McComack nearby the hospital and immediately arrested her without incident.

Murphy McComack, a Ventura area resident, is an unsentenced inmate who has been in custody

since December 27, 2017, for the charges of grand theft, possession of burglar tools, and

providing false identification to officers. Her bail was originally set at $50,000.

The investigation into this incident is continuing. Murphy McComack now faces additional

charges of escape from custody.

Prepared by:

Deputy M. Gonzalez

News Release Date:


Media Follow-Up Contact:


Commander Ron Nelson

Approved by:

Commander Ron Nelson