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Two inmates on the run, one caught after escape from Ottawa Co. Jail

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April 18, 2012|by John Boyd | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

Update 6:10 p.m.:  Officials say one of the inmates has been caught.

The Kansas Department of Corrections says, Drew Wade was taken into custody in North Platte, Nebraska.  

Two inmates, Santos Carrera and Eric James, are still on the run.

All escapees are considered armed and dangerous.

If anyone has information pertaining to the whereabouts of Santos Carrera-Morales, and/or Eric James, please call 911, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-572-7463 or Ellsworth Correctional Facility at 785-472-5501.


Update 11:40 a.m.: The Ottawa County Sheriff says the inmates who escaped from the jail Wednesday morning overtook guards.  He says the guards did sustain injuries, but there's no word on how extensive.

Four inmates broke out, but one was caught a short time later.

The inmates are considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information is asked to call 911, the KBI (800) 572-7463, or the Ellsworth Correctional Facility (785) 472-5501.



Authorities in Ottawa County are looking for three inmates who escaped from the Ottawa County Jail early Wednesday morning.  

The Kansas Highway Patrol says four inmates broke out of the jail shortly before 5:00 a.m., one of them was caught and arrested a short time later.

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Right now, authorities are looking for:

  • 22-year-old Santos Carrera (Two Counts First Degree Murder)- 5'9" with a shaved head and a goatee.  
  • 22-year-old Eric James (Aggravated Robbery, Burglary & Kidnapping) - light-skinned black male with cornrows
  • 21-year-old Drew Wade (Robbery & Aggravated Battery) -shaved head w/ glasses and "785" tattooed across his neck

Kansas Highway Patrol trooopers are looking for three vehicles possbily connected with the escape.  A brown or gold 2002 Nissan Altima (Tag: 649-CII), a silver Chevy Impala and a 2005 silver Chevy Venture van (Tag: 854-DZQ).

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

We've also confirmed schools in that area, USD 239, have called off class for the day.  The school closure is blamed on "unresolved city issues".

Initially, KHP reported only two suspects were still at large.

Eyewitness News will continue tracking down information.  Stay with us for the latest both on the air and online at

Inmates escape from Ottawa County jail.
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