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Review underway on how inmate escaped handcuffs to get away
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Review underway on how inmate escaped handcuffs to get away

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Law enforcement continue to search for an inmate who slipped out of his handcuffs on Monday and took off running. Anael Castro was being held on rape charges. Since his escape, many people still have questions about how it happened.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is reviewing what happened. They are looking to see if a mistake led to Castro's escape or if they need to change they way they transport inmates. At this time, no changes have been made, but deputies say diligence has skyrocketed.

"There is always going to be that one guy that is constantly thinking about doing it," said Lieutenant Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

Minden says deputies cuffed Anael Castro hands in the front. They linked his handcuffs to a long chain with other inmates and did not shackle his legs.

Minden added, "He was not under any type of special precautions because at the time he was not an escape risk."

Castro escaped around 8 Monday morning. He got away when he was let out of the jail's transport vehicle to go to the Pulaski County Courthouse on Markham Street in Little Rock.

"The inmates do not have anything else to do," said Minden. "For 24/7, they are over there trying to figure out ways to defeat any method they had."

Minden would not say exactly how Castro slipped out of his cuffs.

"To physically break out of them that would be hard," said Minden. "A lot of times you have inmates that have small wrists or are double jointed."

Or they will pick the lock.

"The key and the keyhole is not an overly complicated mechanism," said Minden.

Minden says deputies constantly check inmates for contraband they could use to pick a lock.

"They will take anything they can get their hands on," said Minden. "You cannot catch everything."

Transport vehicles take inmates back and forth from the jail to the courthouse everyday. Some runs take a handful of inmates. Others take close to two dozen.

"When somebody does escape it is a big deal," said Minden. "If this was happening routinely then it would be a severe security risk."

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is still asking for your help to catch Castro. Contact the Sherriff's Office if you have any information. CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his capture.


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