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Around-the-clock federal manhunt underway for escaped prisoner

CENTRAL FALLS, R. I. – A round-the-clock state and federal manhunt is underway for a prisoner who escaped from a Rhode Island detention center.

The Wyatt Correctional Center warden, says the 35-year-old former Army reservist James Morales fled Saturday by climbing a basketball hoop to reach a roof, cutting through a fence by barbed wire.

Warden Daniel Martin says it took more than three hours to discover Morales was missing. Two officers have been placed on paid leave.

The prison in the Center remains locked as the officials of the appeals.

Morales is charged with stealing 16 guns of a U. S. Army Reserve Center and faces child rape charges.

Police believe Morales fled to Attleboro, Massachusetts, and stealing a car was found Sunday.

Officials say Morales may be armed and is considered extremely dangerous.

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