Inmate Walks Away from Lino Lakes Prison
Months from parole, Jun William Vang, 27, walked away from the Lino Lakes minimum security facility.
The Pioneer Press reported that officials are still looking for him. Local officers checked the community and then handed the matter over to the Minnesota Department of Corrections Unit because they believe he has left the city.
Vang was a gang member who was the driver in a drive by shooting in Maplewood in 1999. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison for second-degree attempted murder reports the Star Tribune. He could have been released on parole in next February.
"He is described as 5 feet 4, 145 pounds and Asian with brown eyes and black hair. He has numerous tattoos on his chest and arms and a small tattoo on his neck" accordingly to the Star Tribune. The Pioneer Press has published photos of Vang, including close-ups of his tattoos for identification purposes.
According the Pioneer Press he walked away from the facility Saturday afternoon, police were notified two hours later, and information was released to the public at about 1:30p.m. on Monday. Vang is not considered a "violent offender" in which case the public would be notified immediately.
*The article in the Pioneer Press was written by one of their reporters and the article in the Star Tribune was written by the Associated Press. The article in the Star Tribune was quite a bit shorter while the Pioneer Press article was longer and dealt with some concerns the community might have as well as posting detailed pictures that may be helped in identifying the escapee.