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article image4 prisoners flee Kansas jail, 2 still at large

By Layne Weiss     Apr 19, 2012 in Crime
Minneapolis - A convicted murderer and another inmate remained at large after escaping the Minneapolis, Kansas jail where they had been transferred because of overcrowding at the state prison where they were originally being held, USA Today reports.
Two other prisoners escaped with them, but were apprehended. Drew Wade, 21, turned himself in at a Walmart in Nebraska about 13 hours after the jailbreak, USA Today reports.
Sgt. Gary Hovey says that Wade walked into a Walmart about 240 miles northwest of the Kansas jail and asked the manager to call the police.
According to the Kansas Department of Corrections, Santos Carrera-Morales, 22 escaped from Ottawa County jail early Wednesday morning, CNN reports. He was convicted in 2008 of two counts of first degree murder.
Authorities have identified Eric James, 23, as the other prisoner missing. James was convicted in 2009 of aggravated burglary and kidnapping.
CNN reports that according to officials, these men are considered armed and dangerous, and their whereabouts are currently unknown.
Authorities say at least 2 vehicles were stolen in the escape, and that it was unclear whether or not James and Carrera were traveling together, the Huff Post reports.
Sgt. Hovey said that Drew Wade, the prisoner apprehended at the Nebraska Wal-Mart, told him the men "all went in separate directions after they got out."
CNN reports that another prisoner was apprehended after his escape, but has not been identified.
The escape caused the cancellation of classes Wednesday at North Ottawa County schools, USA Today reports, and Minneapolis, Kansas was shut down for part of the morning.
Overcrowding in Kansas prisons has been a major issue in recent years due to budget cuts and closures. USA Today reports that men's prisons are 266 over capacity.
Authorities are asking anyone with any information on the whereabouts of these men to call 911 or the Kansas Bureau of investigation at 1-800-572-7463.
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