Cuban criminal escapes from private prison facility
03/01/99 Associated Press Newswires 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 Processing Center on Saturday evening. The facility is run by Corrections Corporation of America.
Echenique, a convicted rapist and burglar, had served his time in the 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 a shield-and-ribbon tattoo on his right arm.
Nashville-based CCA declined to comment on the escape .