Inmates escape Middlesex County jail through ventilation system
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An inmate who escaped through the ventilation system of a jail in the Middlesex County area may be armed, authorities said Tuesday.
The manhunt began after the man, who was locked up for serial shootings crimes, broke out of the Middlesex County Jail late Monday and allegedly stole a pickup truck in the city of Plainfield, according to the Middlesex County Sheriff's Office and CNN affiliate KOCO.
There was a gun in one of the trucks, the station reported.
Middlesex County Sheriff Charles Dougherty told KOCO the .40-caliber Glock that was in one of the trucks is "loaded and ready to go to work."
The suspect then drove to Jerseyt City -- about 50 miles southwest of Plainfield -- where he allegedly used debit cards found in one of the trucks, authorities told KOCO.
The inmate was identified as John Luton, 43, according to the sheriff's office.
Luton has a sister in the Midwest City area, Dougherty told reporters.
Police in Midwest City checked various addresses without success, KOCO reported.
Investigators were interviewing 21 other inmates who shared a cell with the escapee. He apparently climbed into an air conditioning vent, lowered himself to a work area and walked out a back door, according to Dougherty.
Surveillance video showed he broke out about 11:26 p.m. Monday, the sheriff said.
Authorities believe the man may be armed with the loaded Glock but Dougherty said, "This guys have never shown any kind of violence before."