Minneapolis Manhunt: Four Injured During Ottawa County Jail Escape
KSAL Staff / Matt Horn KSN News - Wed 06:33 AM 04/18/2012
UPDATED 7:14 AM
Four inmates escaped from the Ottawa County Jail in Minneapolis Wednesday morning.
Officials say that the inmates overpowered jail workers to get into the control room and escape the jail. In the process, they injured three jail staff members.
A citizen was also injured. The citizen was getting into his vehicle, and was over-powered by the escapees. They stole the vehicle. The citizen sustained a cut on his face. The injury was not life-threatening.
No other details on any of the injuries were immediately released, other than they were described as "minor" injuries.
One of the men was apprehended a short time later. At about 5:30 in the evening a second arrest was made. 21-year-old Drew Wade was arrested in North Platte, Nebraska. Wade was in jail on Shawnee County convictions of aggravated battery and attempted robbery.
Two escapees are still at large. They are:
22-year-old Santos Carrera-Morales – Hispanic male, 5’9, shaved head, goatee.
22-year-old Eric James – Light skinned black male, cornrows
Authorities are looking for two possible vehicles. A gold or brown 2002 Nissan Altima with a Kansas tag number of 649-CII, or a tan 2005 Chevrolet Venture mini-van with Kansas tag number 854-DZQ.
All three may be armed with knives or shanks.
According to Kansas Department of Corrections records, Carrera-Morales was in jail on a Sedgwick County 1st degree murder conviction. He was serving time for a double-murder in Sedgwick County in March, 2007. The victims, Julio Morales, 16, and Adrian Vega, 18, were shot to death in the 9100 block of E. Harry.
James was in jail for convictions of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated burglary in Bourbon and Anderson Counties. All of the inmates had been transferred to the Ottawa County Jail from the Ellsworth Correctional Facility.
KDOC has housed inmates in Ottawa County since January 17, 2012.
The agency says the escapees are considered armed and dangerous.
If anyone has information please call 911, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-572-7463 or Ellsworth Correctional Facility at 785-472-5501.