Federal Manhunt Intensifies for Escaped Prisoner

Officials are searching for 35-year-old James Morales, who escaped from a Rhode Island prison on Saturday night.
1:19 | 01/04/17

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Next a multistate manhunt is under way after a prison escape. That federal inmate into Massachusetts now. Authorities investigating how he broke free and why it took so long for authorities to seen notice. Here's ABC's linsey Davis. Reporter: A federal manhunt is intensifying tonight for 35-year-old James morales, who escaped from a maximum security ward at a Rhode Island prison Saturday night. Mr. Morales has the potential to be dangerous and could be armed. Reporter: He has a tattoo of an eagle on his neck, and he stole six guns from an army reserve center. He climbed to get to a rooftop, and climbed through razor wire injuring himself. A k-9 unit tracked him to where they found bloody prison clothing. On mound, the Massachusetts state police say they found a stolen car, and they knocked on a door looking for an ex-girlfriend. I heard the charges that he had, and I was scared for me and my children. Reporter: Two officers are now on paid leave as authorities investigate just how morales managed to escape, David. Linsey, thank you.

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