Two prison inmates escaped a Texas prison on Tuesday, possibly in their underwear. Both fugitives, one which has been accused of murder, could be armed and dangerous.
A man accused of choking a second man to death with shoe lace strings and his fellow inmate have successfully escaped a San Antonio, Texas jail. According to reports, the men may be wearing nothing but their underwear.
The men escaped under a fence located at the back of the prison near the recreation yard. Black and white clothing which belonged to the men had been left behind, Reuters confirmed.
"They squeezed their way through the fence somehow," Sergeant Brad Cummings, a spokesman for the Hopkins County Sheriff's office in Sulphur Springs, Texas, told the news agency.
"Officers were notified that the two subjects had left the jail, and we immediately set up a command post and notified all surrounding agencies, and all schools within our county are on lockdown," Cummings said.
Brian Allen Tucker, 44, was being held on a $1 million bond for the 2011 murder Bobby Riley, 63. Riley, a former acquaintance of Tucker, had been strangled to death with shoe laces and then robbed. Tucker escaped with fellow inmate, John Marlin King, 39, a burglary suspect.
The men are believed to be wearing only white t-shirts and boxers, Deputy Alvin Jordan told the Associated Press. The Texas prison has a maximum capacity of about 200 inmates. It was unclear at the time of the escape, whether the men were armed.
"We do not know if they have weapons of any kind at this point, but they should be considered extremely dangerous," Cummings told Reuters. "It could be that they're possibly just in their underwear."