Statewide search continues for Enfield missing prisoner

<p>The search continues for the inmate who escaped over the weekend from a prison in Enfield.</p>

News 12 Staff

Jan 9, 2018, 11:38 AM

Updated 2,331 days ago

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The search continues for the inmate who escaped over the weekend from a prison in Enfield.
According to officials, Jerry Mercado, 25, may have stowed away in a garbage truck or state vehicle to break out Sunday of the Robinson Correctional Institution.
Mercado was serving a three-year sentence for burglary and is classified as a low-risk offender.
He was supposed to be released in a year.
Unionized corrections workers blame recent staffing cuts ordered by the governor.
“We do acknowledge that are definitely some security breakdowns that we are evaluating, and that's the reason for the review here at this site and an additional 15 sites, but there is no threat to the public currently,” says Scott Semple, commissioner of Connecticut Department of Corrections. “There is no breach to the outer perimeter to the facility, but there's definitely some security breakdowns.”
The DOC says Mercado has a visible tattoo on his left temple area and a large tattoo on the right side of his neck.
Anyone who has seen him or knows where he may be is asked to contact police.


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