Police: Inmate used fake ID, escaped from jail

Associated Press • Jul 18, 2013 at 10:17 AM

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police say an inmate booked into jail under a false name later climbed a fence to escape from custody.

Christian County Jailer Brad Boyd says Luis Raul Dechoudens Espinal climbed up a basketball goal in the jail's courtyard to gain access to a ledge. From there, he reached a chain link fence surrounding the courtyard and squeezed through a hole to make his escape.

Boyd told The Associated Press it is the first escape since the jail opened in 1994.

Jailers initially booked Dechoudens as 20-year-old Jose Feliciano of Hopkinsville. Jailers discovered the ruse with the name after Clarksville, Tenn., police received a tip and matched Dechoudens' photo to Feliciano.

"He didn't use it (in Clarksville)," Clarksville Police Officer Coz Minetos said, referencing the fake identity, which is the same name as a singer best known for recording the song "Feliz Navidad."

"We never knew him under that name and I guess Hopkinsville never knew him under his real name," Minetos said.

When authorities at the jail realized what happened, they enlisted a team of bloodhounds to begin tracking the escapee's scent, said Capt. Chris Miller, spokesman for the Christian County Sheriff's Department. However, somewhere around Christian Quarry, the dogs lost the trail.

Dechoudens has a criminal history in Clarksville. Dechoudens was accused of executing a slew of burglaries and shooting at a barge on the Cumberland River in March 2011, Minetos said.

Miller said the sheriff's department is keeping alert to any reports of Dechoudens in the area, but so far they've received no solid leads.

"He's probably hiding out and lying low until this all cools off," Miller said.

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