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  • r7ualj r7ualj Mar 10, 1999 2:44 PM Flag

    (OT) The General's flag is at half staff

    Cuban criminal escapes from private prison

    Associated Press
    Copyright 1999. The Associated Press. All
    Rights Reserved.

    HOUSTON (AP) - The search
    continued Monday for a Cuban national
    and convicted
    criminal who escaped from a north Houston detention


    Joaquin Aguila Echenique, 42,
    overpowered a guard and bolted out the
    front door of the
    Immigration and Naturalization Service Houston
    Center on Saturday evening. The facility is run by
    Corporation of America.

    Echenique, a
    convicted rapist and burglar, had served his time in
    Texas prison system and was awaiting deportation.
    However, he was
    being held indefinitely by INS because
    the United States cannot deport
    immigrants to
    Cuba, with which it has no diplomatic relations.

    Witnesses said Echenique jumped into a white van
    that appeared to be
    waiting for him. INS
    spokeswoman Luisa Aquino described him as being
    of medium
    height and build with a flower tattoo on his chest and
    shield-and-ribbon tattoo on his right arm.

    Nashville-based CCA declined to comment on the
    escape .

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