A life-sentenced bomber who had previously carried out a devastating explosion on the Las Vegas Strip in 2007 escaped from a Nevada prison after reportedly leaving a dummy in his cell. His absence wasn’t noticed for several days.
The Nevada Department of Corrections has confirmed that Porfirio Duarte-Herrera, 42, disappeared from the Southern Desert Correctional Center in Indian Springs on Friday night.
During a head count on Tuesday at around 7 a.m., staff at the medium-security jail became aware that the inmate was missing; an hour later, they began a search for him.
The Las Vegas Bomber Escaped from Nevada Prison
Duarte-Herrera made a dummy, probably out of cardboard, and put it in his cell. This is in order to trick the guards and postpone the discovery of his escape,
An inquiry into the prison break was requested by governor Steve Sisolak, who deemed it “unacceptable.”
“This kind of security lapse cannot be tolerated and those involved will be held accountable.” Sisolak said in a statement on Tuesday.
A motion-activated bomb concealed inside a coffee cup and planted atop a car parked at the Luxor hotel-casino was used to kill Willebaldo Dorantes Antonio, a 27-year-old hot dog stand vendor, and Duarte-Herrera, from Nicaragua, was found guilty of the crime in 2010.
According to records, Omar Rueda-Denvers, his co-defendant, was still in detention on Tuesday. The 47-year-old from Guatemala is currently incarcerated for life. However, at a different facility in Nevada on charges of murder, attempted murder, explosives and other offenses.
According to the prosecutors, Rueda-Denvers planned the precise attack as part of a scheme for revenge. This was against Donarntes Antonio, who was seeing his ex-girlfriend.
According to corrections officers, Duarte-Herrera is 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 135 pounds, and has brown hair and eyes. He must be seen as “dangerous.”
US Marshals are assisting in the hunt for the murderer who has escaped.
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