Update: BOSTON (Reuters) – Police captured on Thursday a Massachusetts man who escaped from a Rhode Island jail where he was awaiting trial on charges of stealing weapons from a U.S. Army Reserve facility.
James Morales, 35, escaped from the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Rhode Island on Saturday, prompting a manhunt that spanned both states.
Police located him when a man matching his description robbed a bank in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just outside Boston, on Thursday morning.
After an hours-long search by police helicopters, officers found Morales in nearby Somerville and arrested him, the Massachusetts State Police said on Twitter.
Morales is suspected of stealing six military rifles and 10 handguns from a U.S. Army Reserve Center in Worcester, about 45 miles (70 kms) west of Boston, in 2015.
He broke into the facility through a kitchen window, federal prosecutors said, citing surveillance video and an electronic monitoring bracelet Morales had been ordered to wear by a court as a condition of release on bail for a separate sexual assault charge.
Morales had gone to the facility earlier that week to pick up copies of his military discharge papers.
Original story: CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — A former Army reservist charged with stealing 16 guns from a U.S. Army Reserve Center in Worcester escaped from a detention center and may be in Massachusetts.
Thirty-five-year-old James Morales was discovered missing from the Wyatt Correctional Center in Central Falls, Rhode Island Saturday evening.
U.S. Marshall Jamie Hainsworth said Morales scaled a building and climbed over a razor wire to escape. He added that officials believe Morales is wounded and bleeding from the razor wire.
State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said Morales then stole a car from the parking lot of a BK Mart on Route 1 in Attleboro Saturday night.
“Earlier this morning Massachusetts State Police K-9 unit, Trooper Tim Blackwell and K9 Klaas, picked up Morales track in Attleboro and tracked to the area under a Route 95 overpass near the Rhode Island line, where the track ended. At that location police found what appears to be discarded prison clothing. The clothing had blood on it,” Procopio said. He told WBZ-TV the clothes were found around 5 a.m. Sunday.
Morales is six-feet tall, weighs 175-pounds, has brown eyes and was bald at the time of his escape.
He has a large eagle tattoo on the left side of his neck.
Sunday night, authorities said they had recovered the green Chevy Lumina with Rhode Island license plates, but that Morales was still being sought.
Police said Morales, who is from Cambridge, also has connections to the Framingham area and New York City.
Authorities urge anyone who spots him to call 911 immediately.
“It’s not too often we have escapees from this type of facility, so he definitely could be dangerous,” Massachusetts State Police trooper Matthew Guarino told WBZ.
The FBI says Morales stole six assault rifles and 10 handguns from the Lincoln Stoddard Army Reserve Center in Worcester in 2015. He is scheduled to make a court appearance in connection with the weapons theft on Friday.
He also faces unrelated state child rape charges.
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