Howard County inmate escapes from jail
Updated On: Jul 15 2013 05:30:58 PM CDT
An inmate is on the run Monday after escaping from the Howard County Jail.
According to the Sheriff's Department, 21-year-old Walter Estay escaped the jail around 1 a.m. Monday.
The Howard County Sheriff says Estay was able to lock the only jailer in a room, while he took the jailer's cellphone and jail keys. Jail employees returned at 8 a.m. for the next shift and found the jailer locked in, meaning Estay had a nearly seven-hour lead on authorities.
Estay is described as a black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, and 130 lbs. He was last seen wearing black shirt and black pants.
The Sheriff's Department says he may be driving a stolen Toyota RAV4 with the license plate MG1 P9F.
Court records show Estay was being held in the Howard County jail for first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle.
He was also sentenced under a year in jail for second-degree tampering with a motor vehicle and to four years' probation for first-degree robbery in Jackson County.
Authorities are asking anyone who may have seen Estay to call local police or the Howard County Sheriff's Department at 660-248-2477.
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