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NEWS ALERT: Burnet County jail escapee believed to be in Williamson County

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Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 10:07 am, Wed Sep 18, 2013.

Several law enforcement agencies are on a manhunt for Nuana Antonio Fuentes-Sanchez, a man who escaped from a Burnet County jail on Sunday and is believed to be in Williamson County. He is believed to be armed and dangerous, said detective John Foster of the Williamson County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators report that on Monday, Sept. 1, between 9 a.m. and 7:45 p.m., a burglary of a residence occurred on County Road 204 in Williamson County. The suspect in this burglary took from this residence blue denim jeans, a white t-shirt, a “Texas Star Hockey” ball cap and a .22 caliber hand gun.

Fingerprints recovered from this crime scene positively match those prints on record for Fuentes-Sanchez.

The burglarized home is about 20 miles away from the privately-run Burnet County jail, Foster said.

Fuentes-Sanchez is described as a 23-year-old Hispanic male, about 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds with a clean-shaved head.

Foster said they're not sure if the suspect is still in Williamson County, but would find it hard to believe he would travel back to the west.

"He could go north or south, or possibly do a u-turn," Foster said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon at the Liberty Hill Police Department. "But we believe he still may be headed east. We don't believe he has good survival instincts, but he is armed and considered dangerous."

Foster said there have been no reported vehicle thefts and that several law enforcement agencies are swarming the area in a large manhunt that includes bloodhounds, horses, helicopters, airplanes, the Texas Rangers, the Department of Public Safety, Williamson County Sheriff's Office and Liberty Hill Police. They are all engaged in a coordinated search of the routes possibly being used by Fuentes-Sanchez at this time.

Foster encouraged residents in the county to not go out looking for the escapee.

"We believe he's traveling in the woods," Foster said. "Lock your doors and lock your cars. Don't have extra keys laying around. Don't pick up any hitchhikers and if you see anybody who looks like him, call 9-1-1."

Foster said other local law enforcement agencies such as Cedar Park, Leander, Georgetown and Taylor are on alert and that local schools have been notified of the situation, but are not on lockdown.

Fuentes-Sanchez reportedly escaped from jail on Sunday after recreation time by climbing the roof of a building and sliding down a rain gutter. He was one of several suspects arrested in Burnet County in April in connection with a violent home invasion.

According to a Burnet County statement, it is believed that he has been traveling on foot, utilizing pathways such as power line easements to facilitate his travel.

Anyone with information regarding this escapee is urged to immediately contact the Williamson County Sheriff's Office at 512-943-1300 or the Burnet County Sheriff's at 512-756-8080.

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