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DALLAS (CBS11) – The search for an escaped Dallas County inmate has sparked an investigation both outside and inside the Dallas County Jail.
Authorities have been trying to talk to Edgar Jaquez-Moreno’s family and friends and searching the Trinity River bottoms near the jail.
Edgar Jaquez-Moreno, 24, was booked into the Lew Sterrett Justice Center Sunday morning on charges including burglary of a vehicle. He was also placed on an immigration hold for being in the United States illegally.
His sister, who did not want to speak on camera, believes his fear of deportation triggered his escape.
Authorities said Jaquez-Moreno had volunteered for a position in the jail called a trustee – a privilege for low-level offenders.
One of a trustee’s jobs is putting trash in the compactor adjacent to the jail.
The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department said he was with other inmates and a guard, who couldn’t go after him until the other inmates were secure. Now jail administrators are reevaluating who is accepted as a trustee and how they receive their assignments.
Jaquez-Moreno’s sister said her brother has done some bad things but isn’t bad. She hopes authorities find him and don’t hurt him in the process.
Edgar Jaques-Moreno has 8 other previous criminal offenses, mostly burglaries. Because they have been non-violent crimes, authorities do not believe he’s armed.
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