Search underway after escaped inmate

DALLAS -- Authorities are searching for an inmate at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center who escaped Wednesday night. 

Edgar Jaquez-Moreno, 24, is a non-violent offender and is not considered dangerous. He now faces additional charges for escaping.

He was taking out the trash near a loading dock with a group of inmates at about 8 p.m. Wednesday when he ran away, jumping a fence and fleeing toward the Trinity River, said Melinda Urbina, a Dallas County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman. He was in his prison uniform, she added. 

Dallas police, sheriff's deputies and DPS have been involved in the search. 

They have been focusing on the Trinity River bottom behind the jail. 

Detectives are also looking into possible locations where Jaquez-Moreno might have fled. They are looking through his phone call logs and reaching out to his friends and relatives in North Texas. 

After any escape, there is a full internal affairs investigation to see if any security measures need to be tightened, or if any procedures were not followed.

Jaquez-Moreno was in jail on one charge of failing to identify, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and burglary of a vehicle. Records show there is also an immigration hold on him. 

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