YUMA - Yuma police say Raul Andres Dominguez is an illegal immigrant with a hold on him from U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS). The Yuma County Sheriff's Office booked him into jail MondayMore >>
Yuma police say Raul Andres Dominguez is an illegal immigrant with a hold on him from U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS). He escaped from Yuma Municipal Court Officers yesterday around noon and disappeared last night near the border.More >>
Web Reporter: Lucy Valencia, Assignment Desk Editor YUMA, Ariz. (KSWT News 13) - Police are looking for a prisoner escapee. Police say that the escapee, 28-year-old Raul Dominguez, was last seen aroundMore >>
Raul Dominguez, 28, has not yet been found, despite the efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies.
Dominguez escaped from Yuma Municipal Court Officers while shackled. He had been arrested the night before he escaped on immigration charges and for assaulting law enforcement officers, among other charges.
He then carjacked a mini van and drove toward the border, where he was able to lose officials in the thick area brush. Police have not ruled out that Dominguez may have escaped to Mexico.
Meanwhile KSWT News 13 viewers are asking how a prisoner was able to escape from city court while chained in shackles?
As journalists we understand that police cannot release information that could jeopardize the investigation.
But so far the City of Yuma refuses to answer basic questions that do not pertain to the investigation and are simply a matter of public record. Questions you the taxpayer deserve to know! Who holds city court officers accountable? How much do they get paid? Who oversees their training?
To date the city will not give us direct answers. They refer us to the police department.
The police department then refers us back to City Hall.
Today, we tried again to get answers.
Contrary to the belief that city court officers are employees of a private security company we've confirmed that's not the case.
According to the city's website City Court Officers are city employees who earn between $25 to 50 thousand per year.
In other words they are paid by you the taxpayer. Some of their duties include transporting prisoners, monitoring closed circuit TV and security alarm systems, and maintain proper security presence.
To get hired the minimum qualification includes a high school diploma and at least 2 years responsible law enforcement experience.
A witness who does not want to be identified tells us Raul Dominguez was also wearing handcuffs along with shackles around his ankles; originally police only told us he had on shackles.
A spokesperson for the city would only tell me that the procedures on how prisoners are transferred from county Jail to City Court will be looked at.
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