Inmate escapes while still in handcuffs outside Harris County jail

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- The search is on in downtown Houston for an inmate who managed to escape overnight.

A Harris County Precinct 4 deputy was taking the suspect to the processing center at the county jail when the suspect ran away, still handcuffed.

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Inmate mistakenly released from the Harris County Jail.

The suspect was being booked at the jail on San Jacinto and Baker when he took off.

Houston police were called to help Precinct 1 deputies search for the suspect.

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"We used a canine," said HPD Lt. Larry Crowson.

"We had officers from Precinct 1 and also the sheriff's department. We checked the bayous and streams in the area. We were unable to locate the suspect at this time."

Right now, Precinct 4 isn't releasing many details about the suspect.

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An inmate escaped from the Galveston County Jail while taking out the trash on Monday afternoon, authorities confirm.

They said the man was being booked on a non-violent misdemeanor and took off.

The suspect's name was not released, and they would not say specifically what charge he was being booked on.

We are not sure if the inmate has a criminal history of not.

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Officers say the four Harris County Jail inmates climbed into a ventilation shaft and made it to the roof before they were apprehended again.

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