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Search continues for Bee County fugitive

Ernest Ramirez
Posted at 10:25 AM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 14:01:06-04

As of 9:45 a.m. Thursday, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Fugitive Task Force and Bee County Sheriff's deputies continue to search for a man mistakenly released from Bee County Jail on Wednesday night.

Ernest Ramirez was booked into the jail on a misdemeanor, and was released at 5 p.m. on Wednesday before deputies realized he was to be held on a federal detainer. When the Marshals Service realized he was no longer in custody, it released a statement Wednesday evening stating Ramirez had escaped from jail and believed he was armed and dangerous.

The Bee County Sheriff's Office corrected that statement later Wednesday night, saying Ramirez had not escaped, but had been mistakenly released. Deputies also clarified that was not armed when he was released.

The 29-year-old Ramirez is a Hispanic man who is approximately 5 feet 5 inches and weighs 210 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

The suspect has various tattoos, including on his arms and right forearm and chest.

Anyone with information regarding Ramirez or his location should call the the Bee County Sheriff’s Office at 361-362-3221 or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102.