A twice-convicted rapist facing life in prison remained at large Thursday after dashing through an unlocked door at the Jim Hogg County Sheriff’s Office late Tuesday night.
Abel Morin, 24, of San Diego, Texas, who was sentenced to five concurrent life terms in prison on Monday, has not been spotted since he escaped shortly before midnight in Hebbronville while being moved between cells.
Morin was being held in Hebbronville as part of a problem prisoner exchange agreement between Jim Hogg and Duval counties. He escaped hours after being returned to Hebbronville by Duval County deputies.
“My officers took him and placed him in the holding cell in Jim Hogg. They removed the handcuffs, belly chain and shackles, and left him in the holding cell,” said Bruno Valdez, chief deputy in Duval County.
“I guess the jailer decided to take him to a regular cell without shackles and handcuffs, and the next thing you know he’s running out the door,” Valdez said.
Jim Hogg County Sheriff Erasmo “Kiko” Alarcon acknowledged that at least one door at the jail was left unlocked, allowing Morin to escape.