Posted BY: Cristina Laila
Four federal inmates on Saturday escaped a minimum security prison in Hopewell, Virginia around 1:48 am.
“Corey Branch, Tavares Lajuane Graham, Lamonte Rashawn Willis and Kareem Allen Shaw were discovered missing from the Federal Correctional Complex Petersburg’s satellite camp at approximately 1:45 a.m., according to the bureau.” CBS reported.
It is unclear how the four inmates escaped.
It is also not known if the four men escaped together.
185 male inmates are housed at the Federal Correctional Complex Petersburg camp, according to the Bureau of Prisons.
Four inmates have escaped from a minimum security federal prison in Hopewell, Virginia, the Bureau of Prisons said Saturday.
Branch, 41, was sentenced to 160 months for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Graham, 44, was sentenced to an aggregate 120 months for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and 28 grams or more of cocaine base, and for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Willis, 30, was sentenced to 216 months for possessing and concealing a stolen firearm and for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and Shaw, 46, was sentenced to 194 months for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a measurable quantity of heroin.
Multiple law enforcement agencies have been notified, and an internal investigation is underway. Anyone with information about the four men is encouraged to call the United States Marshals Service at (804) 545-8501.
The FBI and US Marshals have launched an internal investigation.
US Marshals are urging the public to contact the agency with any information on Saturday’s jailbreak at (804) 545-8501.