3 murder suspects escape from Bexar County jail in San Antonio

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SAN ANTONIO (AP/KXAN) — Three murder suspects who managed to escape from the Bexar County Jail in San Antonio Friday morning weren’t free for long.

A statement from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office says the three men escaped late Friday morning. The San Antonio Express-News reports authorities noticed the inmates, identified as Jacob Anthony Brownson; Luis Antonio Arroyo and Eric Trevino, were missing around 10:40 a.m.

They were captured about an hour later after one of the suspects’ ex-girlfriend helped give them a ride, dropped them off at a restaurant nearby and then called police, said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus. There was a short foot chase but all the suspects were taken into custody without incident. The driver may face charges for her role in the escape, police say.

The Bexar County sheriff said the suspects escaped by climbing 20 feet up in a recreation area, cutting a hole in “some mesh” and climbing down onto a roof outside using bed sheets. A white car was outside waiting for them.

“It’s something that should never be allowed to occur in this setting,” said Sheriff Javier Salazar said in a news conference Friday.

According to the Express-News, Trevino is accused of shooting and killing a 3-year-old girl in November 2017. He’s charged with capital murder. Brownson is also facing a capital murder charge in the deaths of three men. Arroyo is accused of killing two people in 2016.

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