I-Team: Inmate who escaped Cuyahoga County Jail has violent history

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – The FOX 8 I-Team has confirmed the U.S. Marshal’s office is searching for an inmate who escaped from the Cuyahoga County Jail.

Thirty-year-old Ferdinand Torres-Vargas was jailed on charges including domestic violence.

The FOX 8 I-Team was the first to confirm the Cuyahoga County jail was on lockdown while corrections officers tried to find Torres-Vargas.

The U.S. Marshal’s office reports Torres-Vargas escaped ‘sometime Tuesday evening,’ according to a press release.

The I-Team has reached out to county officials and others in law enforcement for additional information.

Torres is 5’9″, 125 lbs.

There is a $2,500 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Law enforcement also wants to remind family and friends they can be charged if they provide any assistance to him.

If you see him, call 911.

FOX 8 reported on a previous escape by Torres-Vargas in 2015. He was making a court appearance at the time and in the the custody of corrections officers.

The jail has been in the headlines for months due to a series of inmate deaths and deplorable conditions.

The county has begun making reforms but many problems remain.

This is a developing story and we will update when more information is available.

Continuing coverage here.

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