Two prisoners from the Indian River County Corrections Facility in Indian County, Florida went missing on Monday, October 24, 2011. A routine head count was being done around 5:00 a.m. when officers noticed they were missing from their cell. Once officers noticed they were gone, the jail immediately went into lock-down.
The two men, Rondell H. Reed and Leviticus Uriah Taylor, were cell mates and both are being charged with murder on separate incidents and considered to be “very dangerous”.
Taylor, 25, was convicted of first-degree murder and is due to be sentenced on November 10, 2011. Police say he has cropped hair, unlike the picture showing dreadlocks.
Reed, 52, has a history of shooting at police and is being hold for first-degree murder with other charges. Police say he has grey hair and doesn’t have the neck brace like seen in the picture.
Both prisoners have tattoos on their arms and bodies.
Authorities suspect they escaped through a vent in their cell and into a service maintenance room because that’s where officials found their red jumpsuits while searching for them.
In a press conference, Indian River County Sheriffs Office said:
“They likely had some type of rod that they used to break the locks off the secured doors in the hallway. They then climbed over the fences around the prison that are topped with razor wire,” said spokesman Jeff Luther.
“It was a very elaborate scheme. We also know that it was very detailed in the way they departed the premises. This is not something that happened overnight,” Sheriff Deryl Loar said.
It’s unknown as to if the subjects are on foot or in a vehicle. Also, officials don’t know the type of clothing they are wearing. A search has been put out to all of Florida and the U.S. Again, the men should be considered to be armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information reference to these subjects may call either 772 569-6700 or you may receive up to a $1,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest of these subjects, by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477).
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