Hunt for 'extremely dangerous' inmate goes national

Hunt for 'extremely dangerous' inmate goes national

UPDATE: A large-scale state and local law enforcement manhunt for escaped inmate James Morales, 35, continues under the direction of the U.S. Marshals Service. Morales may be armed and is considered an "extremely dangerous individual," according to U.S. Marshal Jamie Hainsworth.

Morales was discovered missing from the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls on Saturday, Dec. 31, at around 10 p.m. He had been detained at the facility since Dec. 3, 2015, on federal criminal charges brought in U.S. District Court in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Since the escape was reported to law enforcement by the Wyatt staff, federal, state and local authorities in multiple jurisdictions continue to investigate and analyze numerous leads on Morales’ potential whereabouts. Additionally, law enforcement continues to analyze and follow up on information gathered from locations Morales may have visited since his escape, as well as from evidence seized by law enforcement.
The above wanted Poster has been issued nationally by the U.S. Marshals Service. The public is asked to assist law enforcement by reporting any information they may have about Morales or his whereabouts by calling 1-800-336-0102. All calls to the special hotline will be kept confidential.

If any member of the public sees Morales, they are urged not to approach him. They are asked to dial 911 immediately.

UPDATE: Massachusetts State Police say they've recovered the green Chevy Lumina allegedly stolen by escaped inmate James Walker Morales. They're not saying where it was found.

Police say Morales himself has not yet been caught.

"Morales remains at large and is being intensively sought by law enforcement," said police.

UPDATE: Escaped inmate James Walker Morales has an eagle tattoo on the left side of his neck, according to Massachusetts State Police. He was bald at the time of his escape.

State and federal authorities are on the hunt for James Walker Morales, an escaped inmate considered dangerous to the public.

Morales, 35, was discovered missing from the Wyatt Correctional Center in Central Falls around 11:30 p.m. Saturday. He was last accounted for around 7:30 p.m. Police believe Morales injured himself while climbing over a razor wire fence during his escape.

Anyone who sees Morales is urged to call 911.

Morales is a former U.S. Army reservist who was being held for allegedly stealing six assault rifles and 10 handguns from the Lincoln Stoddard Army Reserve Center in Worcester in 2015.

It is believed that Morales fled into Attleboro, where a Massachusetts State Police dog followed his trail to an overpass, where bloody prison clothing was found. Authorities believe Morales got into a car at that point.

According to police, Morales may also have stolen a green Chevrolet Lumina with Rhode Island license plate 408696 from a Burger King lot in Attleboro at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

Morales is described as being about six feet tall and 175 pounds. The African-American has brown eyes and black hair.

The escaped prisoner also faces child rape charges.