EDITORIAL NOTE: Initially police said the escaped inmate was dangerous. Later, law enforcement provided an update to say he was not considered dangerous. This story was updated to reflect the change.
MITCHELL COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – An inmate was able to escape from the Mitchell County Jail Tuesday morning was working as a trustee.
The Texas Department of Public Safety says Pedro Martinez, 44, was unloading a food supply truck with other trustees around 5:20 a.m. when he was able to escape. He was discovered missing around 5:28 a.m.
Martinez was initially in jail for drug charges and money laundering. Colorado City police are asking everyone to practice caution.
“Lock doors when possible and don’t leave keys in cars or pickup any strangers,” according to the Colorado City Police Department.
Police say Martinez is 5’8″ tall and weighs around 180 lbs. He has a the following tattoos: stars on chest, letters on right legs, tattoo on inner middle finger, number on the right forearm, barbed wire on the left bicep.
He was last seen wearing his orange jail uniform with a white shirt underneath.
Anyone who sees Martinez is advised to call law enforcement immediately. The sheriff’s office is warning the public against taking police action themselves.
Call either the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office at (325)728-5261, the Scurry County Sheriff’s Office at (325)573-3551, or another local law enforcement agency to report information on Martinez’s possible whereabouts.