Police Launch Nationwide Manhunt for Inmate Escaped from Michigan Jail

As he took the identity of another inmate, guards realized he escaped four days too late

By on January 28th, 2013 15:49 GMT

Police are looking for a prisoner that escaped from jail in Michigan, by changing wristbands with a second inmate, who was about to be freed.

34-year-old Rocky Marquez broke out of Michigan’s Wayne County on January 20, NY Daily News writes. Prison guards only realized he was missing four days later, on Friday, January 25, when they alerted proper authorities.

Marquez pulled the same stunt in May last year, when he escaped from Maricopa County jail in Phoenix, Arizona.

His stay in Michigan was temporary, as he awaited a transfer to Phoenix. An investigation revealed that he had impersonated another inmate and managed to get out.

“He’s smarter than your average criminal. He’s somehow getting inmates to cooperate with him to use their identities to walk out of jail,” Deputy U.S. Marshal Frederick J. Freeman described him.

Marquez was arrested in 2010 for “suspicion of perjury, influencing a witness, forgery, felony criminal damage, misconduct involving weapons, driving under the influence, failure to stop and misdemeanor criminal damage,” according to the Daily Mail.

He was recovered and placed in jail in Wayne County earlier this month, on January 15. The Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team tracked him down by running the license plate of a car known to be used by the escapee.

The last time police caught up to him, they recovered a loaded AK-47 from the house he was staying in, the marshal's office considers him armed and dangerous. A charge of possession of a firearm was added to his rap sheet.

“Mr. Marquez does have a bit of a head start, but we have the best of the best working on this case and I’m confident Rocky will be put behind bars,” he adds, reassuring the public.

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Rocky Marquez escaped from a Michigan jail on January 20
   Rocky Marquez escaped from a Michigan jail on January 20