High Risk Sex Offender Escapes Mental Health Facility

The man is believed to have escaped through an elevator shaft from the Redwood City facility with an unknown destination in San Mateo County.

Sheriff’s deputies are on the lookout for a high risk sex offender who escaped this morning from Cordilleras Mental Health Facility in Redwood City. His destination is unknown.

Derrick Sanders, 34, is a parolee with a history of violence, weapons and sex offenses and is considered a “High Risk” offender with mental health issues.  Sanders currently has a misdemeanor case pending in San Mateo County for a sex offense against a minor.

Sanders was discovered missing by staff at Cordilleras Center during rounds which were conducted during the early morning hours today.  He is believed to have possibly escaped the facility through an elevator shaft.   

Sanders, a transient who frequents the San Mateo County and Alameda County areas, is described as 5’11, 165 pounds and was last seen wearing a red polo shirt and blue jeans.  Sanders is also wanted on a parole violation warrant issued by the California Department of Corrections.

Any person who may have information about the current whereabouts of Sanders is encouraged not to make contact with him but to call 9-1-1. Please contact the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Detective Marcus Gathright at 650-363-7823 with non-emergency leads about Sanders’ location. You may also contact the Sheriff’s Office Anonymous Witness Line at 800-547-2700.


Kathy Zmay August 17, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Thank you for the heads up!
Kathy Zmay August 17, 2012 at 09:31 PM
A little unnerving...
Suzana August 17, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Tks, Arley.
Kathie Holmes August 18, 2012 at 04:34 AM
This is horribly scary. The facility is dangerously close to residential areas. This is a violent sexual predator, and he is in a mental health facility?! Granted he has mental health issues, but I would assume that public safety would be the first priority! This does not make sense. I hope someone can answer how this happened, and why he was not incarcerated.
Michael G. Stogner August 23, 2012 at 11:46 PM
This is a Violent, High Risk, Sex Offender according to the Sheriff's Office only. He is not listed with the State Megan's Law data base which he should be if he was/is the type of person described by our Sheriff. The Sheriff's Office has been asked by a local paper what Violent acts has he committed and to date there is no answer.


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