UPDATE 3: State Police and US Marshals Searching for Escaped Inmate
Please be advised that we have recovered the stolen green Chevrolet Lumina that we believe was used by escaped inmate JAMES MORALES. Accordingly we have cancelled the alert bulletin related to the vehicle.
MORALES remains at large and is being intensively sought by law enforcement.
We located the vehicle this afternoon. We are not releasing any further details about the recovery of the vehicle.
Please continue to inform the public that MORALES is wanted. If anyone sees him, they should not approach, but rather contact police immediately by calling 911. Likewise, anyone with information about his whereabouts should call police.
UPDATE 2: State Police and US Marshals Searching for Escaped Inmate
Morales has an eagle tattoo on the left side of his neck (see below photo) and was bald at the time of his escape.
The green Chevy Lumina could have either of two RI plates on it: 675791 or 408696.
UPDATE 1: State Police and US Marshals Searching for Escaped Inmate
The Chevy Lumina was stolen from the BK Mart last night, not this morning.
Massachusetts State Police Media Release — 01012017 — State Police and US Marshals Searching for Escaped Inmate
US Marshals and the Massachusetts State Police, along with other agencies in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, are currently searching for escaped inmate JAMES W. MORALES, DOB 8/12/81.
MORALES escaped from the Wyatt Correctional Center in Central Falls, RI, last night. He was in custody for the theft of weapons from a federal armory in Worcester, Mass., in 2015.
Information suggested he may have fled into Massachusetts. Earlier this morning Massachusetts State Police K-9 unit, Trooper Tim Blackwell and K9 Klaas, picked up Morales track in Attleboro and tracked to the area under a Route 95 overpass near the Rhode Island line, where the track ended. At that location police found what appears to be discarded prison clothing. The clothing had blood on it.
The abrupt end of the track suggests MORALES may have entered a car at that point.
The investigation further indicates that MORALES stole a car from the parking lot of a Burger King in Attleboro at approximately 7:30 AM today.
MORALES is approximately 6 feet, 175 lbs, with brown skin and black hair. He most likely has laceration injuries sustained during his escape.
The car stolen from the Burger King lot is a green Chevy Lumina with Rhode Island plate 408696.
MORALES’ prior address was in Cambridge. He also has connections to the Framingham area, as well as New York City.
Anyone with information on MORALES’ whereabouts, or who thinks they see him, should immediately call 911.
Photo of MORALES:
No further information is available at this time.