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Escaped inmate now in custody

Richard Aguirre Jr., 54 / Source: Ochiltree County Sheriff's Office Richard Aguirre Jr., 54 / Source: Ochiltree County Sheriff's Office

Escaped inmate Richard Aguirre Jr. is now in custody. 

The Ochiltree County Sheriff's Office said Agguire was taken into custody tonight at 9:38 p.m. in Perryton. 


Authorities in Ochiltree County are warning residents to be on the lookout for an escaped inmate.

The Ochiltree County Sheriff's Office said Richard Aguirre Jr., 54, escaped from the county jail Wednesday morning around 10 a.m.

"We were returning with [him] from the hospital and when my jailer arrived back at the sheriff's office the inmate ran from our jailer and fled to the eastern portion of Perryton," said Ochiltree County Sheriff Terry Bouchard.

Aguirre was wearing leg restraints, but because of a medical condition his legs were too swollen to wear standard metal ones.

His were nylon, which can easily be cut.

"We learned from the hospital that he had taken a pair of scissors from one of the trays out at the hospital, so he was able to remove his soft restraints," said Bouchard.

A search started immediately, and Bouchard believes they have narrowed down his location to eastern Perryton.

He said that area has a lot of abandoned buildings and homes that would be easy for Aguirre to hide in.

Dogs from TDCJ, the DPS helicopter and other state and local agencies aided in Wednesday's search that is still ongoing.

"We are actively searching the area still," said Bouchard. "We've notified surrounding areas and surrounding states. We've issued statewide broadcasts. We've done about about everything we can at this time other than continue to search."

Aguirre was originally charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

He is also serving time for several misdemeanor chargers, including failure to report a change in address as a registered sex offender.

He is 5'5" and 175 pounds. He was last seen in a black & white jail uniform.

Aguirre is not considered to be armed and dangerous, and at this time the sheriff's office does not believe he has left Perryton.

Anyone with information on Aguirre's whereabouts is urged to contact the Ochiltree County Sheriff's Office 806-435-8000 or the Perryton - Ochiltree County Crime Stoppers at 806-435-2583

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