Police Warn Florida Fugitives ‘Might Hurt Someone’
MIAMI (AP) _ Law enforcement officers fear that five killers who tunneled out of prison more than a week ago have armed themselves and might hurt someone if they’re not captured soon.
``We believe we are racing the clock,″ agent Doyle Jourdan of the state Department of Law Enforcement said Monday.
The search has spread to South and Central America and the Caribbean, said FBI agent John Pavlansky Jr. Jourdan would not say if authorities suspect a drug cartel is aiding the men, all of whom were serving life terms for murder.
Gov. Lawton Chiles doubled the reward to $50,000 for each of the prisoners, who dug a 60-foot tunnel in the soft soil with their hands and spoons and escaped Jan. 2 from the Glades Correctional Institution, 70 miles north of Miami.
The inmates were all born in the Cuba and had lived in the Miami area.
One of the six men who dug the tunnel was captured right away; the others who popped up beyond the prison’s razor-wire fence fled.
Authorities continued to send out dogs and helicopters with heat-seeking devices daily.
Investigators theorized at one point that the fugitives may have hidden in the muck of the surrounding sugar cane fields or submerged themselves in irrigation ditches, using lengths of cane as snorkels.