RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Two inmates are still on the loose after walking away from a work detail Wednesday afternoon. They disappeared in the near Interstate 80 and Robb Drive.
Some residents and businesses say they were never notified and would have liked to have had some warning. They were never told about the inmates' disappearance near their backyards.
Dustin Cotiero and Corey Gomez were both serving time at the Steward Conservation Camp in Carson City. Cottier was doing time for Attempted Burglary, and Gomez had a conviction for Burglary and Resisting Arrest Using a Weapon Against an Officer.
They walked away from a work assignment with the Nevada Division of Forestry. Pete Anderson said these are minimal flight risk inmates. "These are non-violent offenders that are close to release."
Anderson says supervisors overseeing the 12-man crews do not even carry a gun. "If an inmate makes a decision to leave, they leave and then we report it to law enforcement."
Many of the area's residents we spoke with said they found out through the news and they would have liked to have been told. Michelle Motarjemi is the owner of Hair It Is. "I don't know anything about it. We just heard it in the news today."
Resident Rachel Tricoli said, "I have three little girls and anytime somebody is running around the neighborhood and you don't know what's going on, it's going to worry us." Laura Garcia said she heard about it on Facebook. "I have a family I want to keep safe."
Burger Me Owner Jordan Spenella said, "If authorities would come and let businesses like ours know, especially being so close, it's kind of scary."
We spoke with the Nevada Division of Corrections, and they said they have no reason to believe the inmates have left the area. They are also investigating whether the two had an accomplice.