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MARATHON, Fla --
Police are searching for an inmate after the man and another inmate escaped the Marathon jail facility Thursday night , police said.
Police said that around 9:40 p.m., during recreational time, 19-year-old Willis Quinten Manning, of Key West, and Alexis Perez-Herrera, 39, of Homestead, escaped from the facility. One was recaptured as he was fleeing northbound on a bus; the other remains at large.
Police said the men scaled a 7-foot concrete block fence that surrounds the jail's recreational yard. At the tip of the fence is another fence made out of chain link, which blocks access to the jail roof. Police said the men probably pulled on the chain link fencing, creating a gap big enough for them to squeeze through. The men then crossed the roof of the jail and jumped across a fence topped with razor wire, which surrounds the facility.
Corrections Officers noticed the men were missing from the yard a short time after and issued a search for the men.
Police said Islamorada deputies stopped a commuter bus at the 86-mile marker of the highway. The bus was northbound from Marathon.
Police said they walked through the bus, looking for the missing men. As they reached the back of the bus, they saw a man curled up on the bus floor, between the seats. Police said Perez-Herrera got up from the floor when he was asked, but refused to show deputies his hands. Police said the man pulled a knife on the deputies and refused to drop it. Deputy David Minor grabbed him by the wrist and threw him to the floor of the bus, disarming him in the process.
After returning to jail, Perez-Herrera threatened an officer and said that when he gets out of jail, he would return to the Keys and "put a bullet in your head".
Police said Perez-Herrera was originally arrested in February of this year on robbery charges.
Perez-Herrera was charged with escape, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault and possession of a weapon while committing a felony offense.
Manning is still at large. He is a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 115 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes. His last known address was on Trinidad Drive in Key West.
Manning was in jail on multiple charges stemming from an arrest by Key West Police in December of 2006. Charges included aggravated assault, robbery, armed burglary, dealing in stolen property, reckless driving, fleeing and eluding police and vehicle theft.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-346-TIPS.

Story From: nbc6.net
 
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