Posted: Oct 1, 2012 7:07 PM
Updated: Oct 1, 2012 7:07 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - We have some new information about an prisoner who escaped while being transferred to the Nueces County jail over the weekend. We've learned 30-year-old Joe Hernandez may have been slipped a handcuff key by a detention officer before he was able to get while being unloaded from a prisoner transport van.
Municipal court officials who are handling the investigation say they're looking the allegation, but it is still early in their investigation which could take a couple of days.
We're told Hernandez was only wearing one handcuff because he was chained to four other inmates at the time. Hernandez was able to get out of his handcuff and rolled underneath the garage door where Nueces County jail officials receive inmates.
Authorities searched for Hernandez for three hours before a K9 unit tracked him down as he hid underneath a law office.
In the meantime, the municipal court director is evaluating whether or not to do away with handcuffing several inmates together during transfers.
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