[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/22/art.crime.rodriguez.missing.jpg caption="Carlos Rodriguez, 39, escaped from the St. Tammany Parish Jail on Saturday night. "]
An inmate awaiting trial for murder escaped Saturday night from a Louisiana jail, authorities said.
The fugitive, Carlos Rodriguez, made his getaway from a secure location inside the St. Tammany Parish Jail just before 10 p.m., said Capt. George Bonnett, spokesman for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
“He was housed in a dorm-style containment area,” Bonnett told CNN, "and he was in there when he escaped.”
A massive search for Rodriguez, 39, is under way and has involved hundreds of deputies. Multiple law enforcement agencies at all jurisdictional levels have been alerted, the sheriff’s office said.
Rodriguez, was charged in connection with a murder-for-hire plot and is expected to be tried for murder next year, Bonnett said.
He is considered dangerous and anyone who sees him is urged to immediately contact 911.
How he was able to get out of the jail remains a mystery. “We are still reconstructing the escape and we’ll have more information on that this week,” Bonnett said.
The jail houses 1211 inmates and has 189 full employees, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office web site.
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