Massachusetts State Police still searching for escaped inmate

Morales was in custody for theft of weapons from a federal armory in Worcester

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ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WWLP) – US Marshals and Massachusetts State Police are searching for James W. Morales, who escaped from the Wyatt Correctional Center in Central Falls, Rhode Island Saturday night.

State Police said they have found the green Chevy Lumina they believe Morales stole from a Burger King parking lot Sunday morning. They did not release any information regarding where it was found.

Morales is described as approximately 6 feet tall, weighs about 175 lbs, and has brown skin and black hair, though police say he was bald at the time of his escape. He has an eagle tattoo on his neck and is most likely has cuts on his body from his escape.



Police say Morales’ prior address was in Cambridge. He also has connections to the Framingham area, as well as New York City, meaning he may cross into western Massachusetts.

State police say information suggested he may have fled into Massachusetts. Sunday morning, a Massachusetts State Police police dog unit picked up Morales’ track in Attleboro and followed it to an area near the Rhode Island line, where the track ended and they found discarded prison clothing. State police say the sudden end of the trail suggests Morales may have entered a car at that point.

The former Army reservist was in custody for theft of weapons from a federal armory in Worcester in 2015. He was previously charged with aggravated rape of a child and indecent assault and battery on a person under age 14.

Anyone with information on Morales’ whereabouts, or who thinks they see him, should immediately call 911.


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